Vincent Van Gogh once said, "I dream of painting, and then I paint my
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,
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
ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF THE
Monthly Master Artist Demonstration featuring
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2006
9:30 a.m. - Noon
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.