Artist Statement

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and have painted all my life. My passion for interpreting what I saw brought me to my studies at the California College of Arts & Crafts. There I completed my studies with honors. In addition, I studied at the Institudio Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It is this dedication and passion for my art that has allowed my work to grow and move forward and stay fresh. My work is presently collected and shown nationally.

Whether I am working with a still life, the human figure, or landscape, I am always fascinated by texture, form and color which I use in expressing how I feel about what I am seeing. I do not limit myself in what I paint or how I might interpret what I see. This freedom allows my work to move from representational to minimalist to abstraction. My work is ever changing, ever challenging and always a passionate delight. It is always my intention to address the canvas directly, honestly, and boldly. My heart is always pushing my work to find new language in expressing what I see and how I feel about it. The result therefore is not just an intellectual exercise for me, it is being involved in the “Now”……….always open for change and challenge ……..always evolving.

Exploring color, composition, the quality and attitude of a line, as well as various materials will always fascinate and be tools for me. It is my goal to draw the viewer into my space and let them become involved in their own personal journey and discovery of the work. The ultimate reward for me is to communicate something new to the viewer even if for just a moment in time.

Painting is my commitment, my passion and my fulfillment.

I am honored by those who find inspiration from my work.

MARK BOWLES