Artist portrait of Elaine Bowers
Photo credit - Kay Moreau

As a watercolor artist, Elaine Bowers has fond memories of making art as a young child.  Originally educated in graphic design, she later pursued the fine arts.  Watercolors became her preferred medium in which she developed a photo realistic style.  She enjoys painting intimate scenes of life, calling attention to perspectives a viewer may overlook.   Her aerial landscape paintings in watercolor featuring the Sacramento Delta and surrounding farmlands inspired her recent series, "Earthscapes," which take on an abstract pattern, while simultaneuosly reflecting her photorealistic style.  In her series “City of Trees,”  the local trees in Sacramento, California are featured.   Elaine also enjoys making ceramic clay sculpture and makes whimsical art featuring dogs, birds, birdhouses, masks and sandtray miniatures.  She studied under sculptor Yoshio Taylor and Frans Duckers of Holland.   She has won many awards and is honored to receive the AWS Bronze Medal of Honor in the 146th American Watercolor Society Annual International Exhibition, 2013.  She has also shown her work in Alushta, Crimea, USSR and has had her work featured as illustrations in a few books.  Elaine's art was used on the cover of "For Children Who Were Broken" by Elia Wise.  Her work was also included in a show at the Sacramento International Airport, Spring 2010.  Elaine's art has been featured on many covers of "Inside the City,"  a Sacramento newspaper.  She takes pride in being designated as a "Signature Status" member of the National Watercolor Society (NWS), which allows her to add NWS to her signature on her art.  In 2016 she earned the signature status for the American Watercolor Society (AWS).  Elaine also enjoys teaching ceramic clay sculpture and watercolors to local school children.
 


Additionally, Elaine works as an art therapist with a private practice in Sacramento, California supporting both children and adult clients with life challenges, such as trauma/abuse, PTSD, grief/loss.

   


Exhibits & Shows


Solo

The Tong Gallery, Walnut Grove, CA  2015
Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom, CA 2014 (2 Artists)
Bogle Winery, Clarksburg, CA 2011

Art of Java, Fair Oaks, CA 1992

Bargetto Winery, Soquel, CA 1989, 1990, 1991

Zanotto’s, Scotts Valley, CA, 1990

Boulder Creek Country Club, Boulder Creek, CA 1990

County Government Center, Santa Cruz, CA 1990

Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz, CA, 1990

 
Group

The Tong Gallery, Walnut Grove, CA  2015 & 2016
Delta Forever, Sacramento Delta area, 2015 & 2016
SMUD Gallery, "AWASH" Sacramento, CA, 2014
SMUD Gallery, "Branching Out" Sacramento, CA, 2012
Capitol Artist Studio Tour (CAST), Sacramento, CA, 2007- 2014

Sacramento International Airport, Sacramento, CA, 2010

20th St. Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2007, 2008

Bargetto Winery, Soquel, CA 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992

Robert Else Gallery, Student show, CSUS, 1991

Quarter Mile Mural, Santa Cruz, CA, 1990

Hearts for the Arts, Santa Cruz, CA, 1988, 1989 & 1990

 
Juried

American Watercolor Society (AWS) Annual International Exhibition, NYC, NY, 2013, 2015, 2016
Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, Roseville, CA, 2015 (Juried by Gregory Kondos)
National Watercolor Society (NWS) 91st Annual International Exhibition 2011
California Watercolor Association (CWA) 42nd Annual National Exhibition 2011

KVIE Art Auction, Sacramento, CA, 2004, 2006-2011  

Tangent Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2008

California State Fair Fine Art Exhibit, 2007 - 2009, 2012

Campbell’s Soup Art competition, 1994

Santa Cruz Art League Statewide Show, CA, 1988 &1990

National Arts for the Parks / Jackson Hole Rotary International Art Exhibit, WY, 1990

Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons Art Competition (WASH), CA, 1991

Oceans Festival, Santa Cruz, CA, 1990

Santa Cruz County Fine Art Exhibit, Watsonville, CA, 1987 & 1989

Watercolor ’89, Santa Cruz, CA

Open Studio Tour, Santa Cruz County, CA, 1988 & 1989

Painting ’88, Santa Cruz, CA

(Juried by Kenneth Baker, S.F. Chronicle)

Sister City Cultural Art Exchange & Exhibit, Alushta, Crimea, USSR, 1988


Awards

American Watercolor Society 146th Annual International Exhibition 2013
AWS Bronze Medal of Honor
California State Fair Fine Art Exhibit
Award of Merit, 2008, 2009, 2012
(Juried by Lial Jones, Crocker Art Museum, 2012)
Award of Excellence, 2007

KVIE Art Auction
Juror's Award, 2011
(Juried by Tony Natsoulas)
Special Collection Artist, 2007
First Place, watercolors, 2006
(Juried by Lial Jones, Crocker Art Museum)
Honorable Mention, watercolors, 2004

Campbell’s Soup competition
Honorable Mention, 1994 

Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons Art Competition (WASH)
First Place, watercolors, 1991

Santa Cruz County Fine Art Exhibit, Watsonville, CA
Theme Award & Honorable Mention, watercolors, 1989
Honorable Mention, watercolors, 1987

Santa Clara County Art Exhibit, San Jose, CA 1979
Second place - painting


Studio Tours

Sacramento, CA, 2007-2016

(sponsored by Verge)

Santa Cruz County, CA  1988 & 1989

(sponsored by Santa Cruz Cultural Council) 

 

Honors & Professional Achievements

American Watercolor Society (AWS)
Signature Status Member 2016
Art selected for Traveling Exhibit - US 2013 & 2016
National Watercolor Society (NWS)

Signature Status Member 2011
Art selected for Traveling Exhibit - US

Inside Publications

"Inside the City" cover art Oct. 2006; Jan., May, Nov. 2009; June 2010; Sept. 2011; Feb. 2013; Sept. 2014; Jan. & Mar. 2016

(Also in a featured artist article Nov. 2009 & March 2016).

Desiland Music

CD and music book cover illustration, 1992, Mill Valley, CA

"For Children Who Were Broken"

Book cover illustration, author Elia Wise, 1990, Mill Valley, CA

"Castle on the Prarie"

Historical book illustration, author Lois Harman, 1975, Garden City, KS 

 

Affiliations

American Watercolor Society (AWS)
       Signature Status Member 2016

National Watercolor Society (NWS)

       Signature Status Member 2011

California Watercolor Society (CWS)

 

Collections/Patrons

Doris Matsui, US Congress

Propp Christensen Caniglia LLP, Roseville, CA
Rideout Memorial Hospital, Marysville, CA
Sierra Central Credit Union, Northern California

Finney County Historical Society Museum, Garden City, KS

Private Collections throughout US

 

Education

Graphic Arts, AA, West Valley College, Saratoga, CA

Psychology, BA, California State University, Sacramento

Counseling & Art Therapy, MS, California State University, Sacramento