New York-based painter Katherine Bowling is known for her meditative and luminous works inspired by the nature surrounding her home in the Hudson River Valley.
Bowling’s landscapes emulate the tradition of 19th century Hudson River School, with a Romantic aesthetic infusing orchards, rivers, and forests with a sense of mystery and symbolism.
Bowling’s use of space within the composition, as well as her unique technique of applying oil on spackle on wood, makes her practice feel modern and new, despite the traditional subject matter.
Her use of spackle and wood also provides a rugged sensibility to the work, enhancing the depictions of nature through their materiality.
Katherine Bowling was born in Washington, DC and earned her BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1978. She has been exhibiting her work since the early 1980s in New York City and throughout the United States. Bowling has received numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1991. Her work is featured in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL; Phoenix Art Museum, AZ; and the Fisher Landau Center, NY, among others.