Carol Bowker,   Crawford, CO 

Carol and her husband, Ken, and their yellow lab, Daisy, live on a small acreage farm in Western Colorado near the West Elk Mountains. Living with these beautiful surroundings inspires most of Carol’s work. She prefers to paint outdoor color sketches on location to be used later to create finished paintings in her studio.

 Style of paining:

Mostly realistic, yet somewhat impressionistic at times.

 Favorite subjects:

Western panoramic landscapes and animals such as; horses, cattle, bison sheep and grizzly bears.

 Favorite medium:

Oil paints (classical), but also she has won awards in and enjoys acrylics, watercolors, pastels, pencil and sculpture.

Awards (selected) 

2009 Best of Show - Artist’s Alpine Holiday National Juried Exhibit, Ouray, CO

2007 Best of Show – Plein Air Competition, “Paint the Town” Lake City, CO

2000 Best of Show – Artist Alpine Holiday

National Juried Exhibit, Ouray, CO

2000 Best of Show – Black Canyon Art Exhibit Hotchkiss, CO

2004 Public’s Choice Award – Artist’s Alpine

Holiday National Juried Exhibit, Ouray, CO

2000 Juror’s Choice Award, Professional – Fall

Art Festival, Glenwood Springs, CO

2001 Reserve Champion, Professional – Fall Art Festival, Glenwood Springs, CO

2002 First Place in Sculpture, Bronze (“Leaning on Mama”) grizzly bears – The Brush and Palette Juried Exhibit, Grand Junction, CO


Other Exhibits (selected)

2005 Western Colorado Watercolor Society National Juried Exhibition, Grand Junction

2006 A R Mitchell Museum of Western Art – Special Exhibit, Trinidad, CO

2007 One Woman Show – Off the Wall Gallery, Main Street, Grand Junction, CO



Numerous private, public, and corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada and International 

Education: Mostly self-educated, plus: Ridgway School of Art, Ridgway, CO.

Numerous workshops and private studies in oil painting,

Watercolor, acrylics, pastels, sculpture, drawing and design.


Teaching and Lecturing:

Workshops, lectures and demonstrations in oils, fluid acrylics and watercolor. Currently teaching oil painting, both group and private lessons in studio.

 Studio: A unique, renovated turn-of-the-century barn at residence.


Reason for Painting:

 “Through my paintings, I can reach out to people. Many times I’ve had someone tell me that ‘talk to them’. We all need to be reminded that there are still places that offer peace and tranquility in the midst of all the chaos in this world. If my paintings can take the viewer there, even for a moment, then I have truly been successful as an artist.” Carol Bowker