Sallie Bowen

Sallie Bowen's artwork reflects her philosophy: "To participate in art is to celebrate life. Our short existence demands that we give full attention to art and to life. Being an artist is both an honor and a responsibility to spend time wisely in producing the best work."

    Bowen has been drawing and painting for most of her life. Her art is an autobiography: subject matter comes from her own experiences, travel, sketches, and recollections.

    Her paintings evolve. At times, the transformation is a slow process. Other times, it can marvelously "flow" from one stage to another with little effort. Bowen is delighted that something could come from "nothing",that is, from no pre-conceived idea. Color may be arbitrary, giving the work a more personal touch. Shapes come out of negative spaces and these "found shapes" must work with the "internal logic" of the painting.

Background: East coast born, Sallie graduated from Lake Forest College, Illinois in 1968 with a B.A. in Art History. Weekends during college, she studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. Soon after graduation, she headed to Montana for what was to be a summer volunteer program in Boulder. This turned out to be the beginning of a new life, career, and home.

    Once residing in Montana, she completed a Master's Degree in Education at the University of Montana- Billings while finishing work for a B.A. in Fine Art.

Painting in Japan


    Sallie has combined a sense of adventure along with her passion for painting. In 1985, she studied painting in the People's Republic of China at the Hangzhou's Zhejiang Art Academy. Her painting travels have also taken her to Greece, Italy, Turkey, France, Wales and Japan. Japan in 2006, was a fulfillment of a life-long dream. In 2011 were two very different, but exciting trips: a sailing trip with three friends in the British Virgin Islands, allowed some time to sketch but mostly to sail, snorkel, and swim. and later to Israel and Jordan. She has returned to France numerous times to paint, speak French and for the "joie de vivre." and most recently in May of 2013 to visit Champagne, the places where her maternal ancestors lived; Switzerland and a river cruise down the Rhone River from Lyons to Arles in France.

   February 2011 saw a trip to Israel and Jordan. Petra was most intriguing.  Paul Blumenthal and Sallie, in a  month-long show, shared "The Paradox of Israel from Two Perspectives" in 2011  at the Main Stope Gallery in  Butte, Montana. A shared show titled "Artifacts" was exhibited in 2012 with Jeanette Barnes and Karen Hueftle, and in 2013, a solo show, "Finding Montana in France", after the most recent  trip to France. A September 2014 show,"Land Forms/Plant Forms", is planned with artist and calligrapher, Jeanette Barnes. The 2015 show was shared with sculptor John Ohrmann, the son of the late artist Bill Ohrmann;and Dolores Cooney, fiber artist, in a show entitled "Unfolding".

"Solo Yellow", watercolor by Sallie Bowen    Bowen's awards have been numerous and her inclusion in national juried shows have taken her work to Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Tennessee and California. In 1999 she won the Montana Watercolor Society's President's Award in the national juried show "Watermedia", Best of Show in the Meadowlark Art Review in Helena, elected to the Permanent Collection of the Montana Institute of Art, selected for the Northwest Artists Calendar in 1991. Her painting "Prince William Sound" was chosen for the book cover of Season of Dead Water, published by Breitenbush. Requested to paint an Easter egg to be used in the 1986 White House Easter Egg Roll, it is now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. She won the Mobil Easel Award in Louisiana Watercolor Society's International Juried Exhibit in 1986. Her work is in private collections in England, Canada, France, Japan and throughout the U.S. Her "Solo Yellow" accepted for the 2007 Northwest Watercolor Society's Show in Mercer Island, Washington. "Solo Yellow" was also accepted for the 2014 Rocky Mountain Regional Juried Show and was exhibited in April at the Depot Gallery in Red Lodge, Montana.

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