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ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF THE INLAND EMPIRE
MASTER ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS 2006
JANUARY 11, 2006

MARTHA COWAN

 

OILS

MARTHA COWAN

Vincent Van Gogh once said, "I dream of painting, and then I paint my dream." 

Van Gogh's color, Cezanne's design,  and Degas' snapshot style are inspiration for  Martha Cowan's work.  She works in oils and strives for great design using bold brush strokes and heightened color to capture the subject with an artistic shorthand. Simple scenes from everyday life become important when portrayed in a painting.  "To give value to seemingly insignificant subjects is what I love to do," says Martha.

Martha Cowan's love of art began at about age six, when her father spent time teaching her how to draw. She knew at this young age that she wanted to be an artist.  After learning about art through her school age years, she realized as a young adult that while she loved to paint, she wanted to pursue a career as a graphic designer.

Simultaneously, Martha pursued graphic design studies in college and oil painting  with several artists, including traditional realist Cathy Shefer, with whom she studied for twelve years.  Shefer told Martha, "You have to learn to paint before you can unpaint," a phrase she has never forgotten.  She graduated from Chaffey College, studied at Art Center College of Design for four years, and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from California State University, Fullerton.

Martha's career has included both graphic design and painting.  She has worked in local advertising and design firms and has had her own business, Cowan & Cowan Design.  She has taught at Orange County High School of the Arts, Valley College, and Chaffey Community College in their art departments.  She has shown her paintings in local shows, and had the honor of having one of her paintings being shown in the Museum of American Illustration, New York, in 1989.  Her paintings belong to many private collections.
 


ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF THE INLAND EMPIRE
Monthly Master Artist Demonstration featuring
MARTHA COWAN

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2006
9:30 a.m. - Noon

MEETING LOCATION!
The Rancho Cucamonga Goldy S. Lewis Community Center
11200 Baseline Road
Rancho Cucamonga, California

Located on the Northwest corner of Baseline Road and Milliken Avenue.


The public is welcome!

Donation of $3 is accepted for non-members.


 

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