Meet Rich Bowman 1

Local artist captures the sky on canvas

Rich Bowman sees the sky differently than you do. Or maybe that’s incorrect–he may see the sky in the same way but he’s able to recreate it brilliantly with palette knives and paint. This Northland based but nationally known artist has deep roots in Kansas City and plenty of sky for inspiration. We took a peek into his life.

Northland Lifestyle: What brought you to the Northland?

Rich Bowman: Family. I was born in 1969 at an Air Force hospital in Sherman, TX. Where my father was stationed during the Vietnam War. When he was done serving in 1971 we moved back to the Northland where he grew up. Raised as a 2nd generation TWA brat, I went to Linden East and Linden West grade schools, New Mark Middle School, and Oak Park High School. I graduated with a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. I bought a home in the Armor Hills area, south of the river, after school while working for Hallmark Cards Inc. My wife, Shannon, and I moved back to the Northland in 2003 to raise our two sons and be closer to both our families. She was also raised in the Northland. We both attended the same high school, Oak Park and graduated in 1987.

NL: Describe your art.

RB: I paint, in oils with palette knives, contemporary landscapes. They could be called skyscapes.

NL: What inspires you?
RB: Other than my family, riding bikes in the woods, and good beer? Obviously, the sky. I think the most interesting part about it is its effect on the land, myself, and everyone who’s living. Both mentally and physically. I just love being outside!

NL: Where did you study art?

RB: Nelson Museum of Art, Oak Park High School, Kansas City Art Institute, Hallmark Card Inc. and everyday in my studio and outside since then.

NL: Where can people view your art?

RB: You can see my art online and contact me through these sites:

In person, my art is showing here in town at the Blue Gallery in the Crossroads ( I also have pieces at the Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, TX, the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, and the Howard Mandville Gallery in Kirkland, WA.

My next show is a group exhibition and Contemporary Showcase, at Howard Mandville Gallery, August 12th.