FSU Art BFA ’89 Julie Bowland will soon open a solo show titled, In a Vivid Light, at Venvi Art Gallery. On view April 2 – May 23, 2021, the show may be experienced both in-person and online, and showcases the artist’s signature plein air paintings. The artist applies oil paint in a thick, painterly impasto, painting directly from the wild landscape in bold, expressive color. She sometimes even paints from a canoe or kayak to capture remote, watery places.
It is exciting and inspiring to slather paint, engulfed in a wild swamp or forest, to dance with the elements of wind, wildlife, shifting light, and all the other uncontrollable aspects of nature.
Ms. Bowland is a Valdosta, Georgia based artist who teaches art and directs the Fine Arts Gallery at Valdosta State University. She holds an MFA from Arizona State University, a BFA from Florida State University, and her work is included in private, public, and corporate collections.