Jennifer Bowman: A Little of This and Some of That
Jennifer Bowman, a local woman who finds personal peace through art making, will be bringing a collection of her work entitled A Little of This and Some of That to the North Gallery of Mulberry Art Studios this May. The show opens with a First Friday reception on May 6th from 5-9, and will be on display for the remainder of the month. Mulberry Art Studios is located at 19-21 North Mulberry Street in historic downtown Lancaster, and holds regular gallery hours on weekdays from 10am until 2pm.
Bowman was very interested in art while at Warwick High School. She took various art classes, ceramics, art history, and photography- and hoped to continue to study art in college. But life had other plans for her, and she gave birth to her first child at age 17. Four years ago, after visiting a doctor to discuss her increasingly painful migraines, an MRI discovered an inoperable tumor. Bowman turned to art to help her cope with the pain of the headaches. “One day I picked my pencil up and started drawing again, and it has been flowing out of me”says Bowman.
Bowman cites Salvador Dali as an artistic influence, and creates her pieceswith acrylic paint, colored pencils, markers, pencil, gel pen, and graphic art. She uses her life as inspiration. And life has not been easy for her. Her illness has caused her to lose her job, and her husband is also disabled. Together, the couple has four sons. They are living off of her SSI, and are currently homeless. But Bowman’s optimistic outlook is carrying the family through. “My work is more whimsical and up beat even when it’s dark,” notes Bowman. “I try to stay positive about our situation and I think that reflects in my art. I just let God guide me and I trust He will.”