She Captures The Inner Glow of Often Overlooked Places
Barbara Kemp Cowlin is a full-time artist who lives in Oracle, Arizona. The subjects of her paintings range from natural bodies of water to architectural environments that often include figures. Her ethereal paintings immediately deliver a peaceful calming effect on the viewer where time seems to stand still. The powerful soothing impact of her art has attracted many private and corporate collectors including healthcare and educational institutions.
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A Master of Capturing Light and Luminosity
The artist is a master at capturing a myriad degrees of light reflection that may conjure associations with Monet’s paintings, however her approach is more realistic. Her palette is soft and harmonious and includes dynamic contrasts complemented by carefully executed compositions. She conveys subtle shifts in natural movement and imbues her art with an evanescent atmospheric quality.
The artist explains, “I work in layers of glazes, gradually building luminosity and adding details until the painting feels complete.”
She Tells a Story with an Air of Mystery
Her two primary bodies of work consist of “Water Reflections” — paintings inspired by the interactions of natural objects and water and “Nooks and Crannies” — overlooked indoor and outdoor spaces in public places. Her images linger in our minds long after our encounter, an experience similar to hearing a spellbinding symphony.
As the artist explains, “I am most inspired by spaces with an air of mystery, a sense that there is a story to be told. Turning a corner and seeing a vision that is as beautiful as it is unexpected takes my breath away. I want my viewers to experience this.”
She Inspires Us to Appreciate Our Surroundings
Barbara Kemp Cowlin states, “I paint inconspicuous places in public spaces both inside and outside. Sometimes these are architectural and sometimes they are natural images. Although overlooked by most, these special places have an inner glow, a strange and ethereal quality that I am moved to express in my work.”
The sense of mystery we discover in her paintings ignite our own interpretation. She explains, “The meaning may be loneliness and alienation, or perhaps joy at a snippet of overlooked beauty. I hope that my work will have an impact on the viewers’ perception of and appreciation for his/her surroundings.”
Kemp Cowlin’s art work is in many private and public collections worldwide including: the City of Phoenix Arts Collection; the University of Arizona Special Collections; Providence Medical Center; First Bancorp Headquarters; and Baylor University Medical Center; to name a few.
Her many one-person exhibitions in Arizona include: Agua Caliente Ranch Park Gallery; Rancho Linda Vista Gallery; and Willo North Gallery. Her many two-person and group shows throughout the U.S. include: Sky Harbor Airport; Tucson International Airport; Casa Grande Art Museum; and the Arizona Gallery at the University of Arizona; among others. Her artwork has also been shown at the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia.
She received her BFA in Printmaking and a Masters degree in Community College Education with a major in Printmaking. She presents workshops from her studio which is adjacent to her home.
Visit Barbara Kemp Cowlin’s website at http://barbarakempcowlin.com