Gowen was raised in New Hampshire and Nigeria. She now travels regularly throughout the western United States. For this artist the landscape of the west provides "a splendid opportunity for new paintings, infused with an equally brilliant, but different, light" than that of Nigeria.
"Everything changes while you paint. Living things move. The light alters, hours pass, and by the time you rinse the brushes the image you sought is gone. Artists were, and are the premier magicians of time and place. We try to stop the hours, growth and change, age and the death of what we love…We do not only catch the physical presence, but the moment snatched within the shadows of its emotion made visible." - Robin Gowen
II. SGTV Video
"From the Corner of My Eye"
Produced by Frank Goss
In September of 2009 Sullivan Goss presented a new exhibition of plein air landscape paintings by Robin Gowen. Gowens facile handling of paint and fine sense of color update the venerated tradition of Impressionist plein air landscape painting in California to produce vibrant, contemporary views of the state.
The Shadow It Left On My Mind
10" x 20"
Oil on board
Exhibited in 2002 for Robin Gowen: Painter of the Hills
Day on the Hills
6.25" x 10"
Oil on board
Here, the artist's facility with different color theories becomes evident. Her sensitivity to light and strong feeling for form never changes, but her color palette has changed considerably over time.