Sue Bown

Artist, Instructor, Mentor

0531_CST_Bown-kitchen-01Not surprisingly, my life has made its way to canvas. I live in a century home, in woodlands situated on a bayou in Dickinson, Texas. My husband and I have carefully, lovingly brought the property back from a state of wilderness and near demolition, and created an inspirational, unique “village” composed of studios, retreat cabins and soaring spaces, with virtually every corner containing a quirky, yet fitting surprise. Through the process of outfitting and decorating, I have amassed myriad collections of vintage household items, from cups to cutlery, chairs to quilts. I draw upon these items, either in concert or juxtaposition, to compose as subjects for my still life paintings.

Taking an ordinary object and making it extraordinary is what I aim for, whatever the size of the canvas. Removing an object from its usual surroundings, making it the focus, or grouping it with like objects can reveal before-unrecognized architecture, design and beauty. I use spare brushwork and broadest strokes possible to capture the essence and the light and shadow of my subject. I paint in oil on canvas and my style is impressionistic-modern and color conscious. Bold reds setting off the gleam of silver patina, rich blues accentuating a simple cut orange, purple delineating the cool transparency of wine glasses—whether a vase, a soap pump, crockery or crystal, color is paramount.

• BS, University of Texas at Austin

• MS, University of Houston Clear Lake

Art Education – Student Under Master Painters
2011 Carol Marine, Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, San Antonio, TX
• 2010 Kim English, Wimberley, TX
• 2008 Joseph Lorusso, Fredericksburg, TX
• 2008-2011 Mark Greenwalt, Life Drawing, College of the Mainland, La Marque, TX
• 2008-2009 Rene Wiley, Galveston, TX
• 2000 Rosalind Cook (sculptor,) Fechin Art Institute, Taos, New Mexico

Selected Exhibitions and Awards

  • 2014 Artwalk Participant, The Third Coast Gallery, Galveston, TX
  • 2011 Juried Competition, All Membership Show- Art Center of Corpus, Corpus Christi, TX
  • 2010 The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake Juried Competition- Clear Lake, TX
  • 2010 Artwalk Participant, The Mod Coffeehouse, Galveston, TX
  • Artwalk Participant, The Lunchbox, Galveston, TX
  • Artwalk Participant, The Front Parlor, Galveston, TX
  • Spring Juried Competition- Galveston Art League, Galveston, TX, 1st Place-Oil
  • 2009 Fall Juried Competition-
  • Galveston Art League, Galveston, TX, 1st Place
  • Oil National Society of Art
  • Texas City Art Show, Texas City, TX, Honorable Mention-oil
  • 2008 The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake National Society of Art- Honorable Mention

Gallery Representation – Memberships

  • Blair House Gallery, Wimberley, TX
  • National Society of Art
  • Galveston Art League
  • The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake
  • Art Center of Corpus Christi



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