Be Supportive – Oil
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Original abstract painting by Deborah Bowen of Silver Lake, Michigan. Oil, mixed media on cradled wood panel. 24 x 36 in.
"This painting reflects a new way of thinking about my paintings. All my shapes are being cradled and supported by each other. This is a way, I feel is important to adopt as we travel through our lives. We need to reach out and lift up one another!" – Deborah Bowen.
About the artist:
Deborah Bowen is a non-objective abstract oil and mixed media painter. She paints large and small expressing an emotion of place and time. Each painting is an exercise in developing a beautiful and complex surface to reveal her voice. She wants the viewer to see a balanced painting with harmonious color and a clear value pattern. I also want the painting to invite the viewer closer to see what is barely visible under the surface. This is where the struggle and the discoveries are made. Her art is process driven. She has no planned idea of what the finished painting will be. It is in the making that the direction to its completion is made clear. Each move she makes leads her to the next. Selecting a size and color palette is all I need to begin. She wants her paintings to invite a conversation with the viewer where a connection happens.
A few of her awards include:
- 2020 BBAC President’s Award, 39th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center
- 2018 Juror Award First Place, Winter Arts Festival; Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, Michigan
- 2018 Michigan Rag Award, Winter Arts Festival; Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, Michigan