There’s something about the sky: something that prompts the spirit to soar especially during those magical moments when the sun retreats; it’s work complete. Painter Rich Bowman’s abstracted representational works are compelling. The broad sweep of the sky, alive with color and intriguing clouds towering above the landscape, evokes intense emotions in those seeking renewal. – Sara Ford.
Working in oil, Bowman fills his spacious canvases with sunset scenes dominated by dusk-tinted cloud scapes, anchored by broad plains and serpentine waterways. The artist deliberately excludes human figures from his paintings, an occasional fence or tree providing the perspective and scale. The artist eschews brushes in favor of a palette knife and cement trowel, the latter handed down by his grandfather. A graduate from the KCAI and former staff illustrator for Hallmark Cards, his approach is a contrast to the representational realism of that time, “I decided years ago that, in my spare time, I wanted to create a completely different kind of art.
“Lifelike, uncontrollable and ever-changing, the sky and its contents have held my fascination and study for more than two decades. When I think I’ve painted every possible atmospheric combination and shape, it then proves me wrong. Suspended until it reveals another wonderment for me to paint or translate. My signature work is the work that I’m most known for and is the base of my passion for traditional landscapes and light. These paintings start out with a traditional approach of using photographic references or a field study to achieve a specific feel. They are dramatic, sometimes graphic, and, at times, pushed to abstraction. They reflect my love of light and its hypnotic effect on myself and the environment in which I live.”