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Artist Karen Bowers


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Biography


For me, painting is a practice, a perspective on life. Each new piece presents a chance for optimism. This is why I paint and what I hope to convey.My painting life began while I was a graduate student in American politics and political thought at UC Berkeley. An architect friend introduced me to tube watercolors.  In 1979, we started the Sunday Afternoon Watercolor Society, painting to record and commemorate places that were about to be changed in some way.A Pisces by birth and inclination, I was smitten with watercolor from the start. My first workshop was with George Post,  on location in Mendocino.  Primarily self taught,  I have taken painting and drawing classes at the  SF Art Institute, figure drawing in Golden Gate Park and more workshops abroad with Barbara Nechis and Frank Webb.Fulfilling a dream to join the  Mendocino artist community, in 1998 my husband and I moved full time to "heaven" on Navarro Ridge in Albion. When we built our three-story studio there, called "High Point of View," my painting life fundamentally changed. Productive rain or shine, I took my painting inside, literally and metaphorically. Here, I had space and time to develop paintings in my own way, a freedom to explore with imagination and the paint it self.Today I teach painting at local art centers and in my studio.  My work has been represented by the William Zimmer Gallery, Mendocino Art Center, and exhibited at California College of the Arts, California Oak Foundation, California Wildlife Foundation and Yosemite Museum Gallery, the latter in a show of my work as an Artist in Residence at Yosemite National Park.  My paintings have earned national and local awards.   Currently, I show my work at The Gallery Mendocino and Artists Cooperative of Mendocino. 
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