“The physical act of painting, the process is as important to me as colour choice, contrast, composition, and all the laws of design and art making.”
Lowden grew up in an ocean side rural town on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver, Canada. She remembers always having a keen interest in painting, drawing and photography. She studied video production and worked in that industry for a number of years before returning to her early love of paint. The ocean, forest and mountains of the West Coast are a consistent source of inspiration, however, there is a stronger influence underlying her work. She has had a lifelong interest in women’s history, especially women in art and literature. She has particularly been drawn to the women of the Abstract Expressionist movement that developed in the 1940’s. Their pushback against the macho world of mid-20th century abstract painting and the subsequent rise of the Feminist Art Movement in the 1960’s has been influential on Lowden’s signature mark making style. She strives for hand made gestures, celebrates imperfection and pushes past the boundaries of outdated social codes that equate feminine with neat, tidy and pretty. Painting is an act of liberation and she allows the process to ultimately create the meaning behind her work.
Lowden is also a facilitator and yoga teacher. She co-hosts art and yoga retreats called Open Your Art with painter, Marleen Vermeleun in Spain. She offers workshops and has published an adult colouring book called “Outside Your Lines.” She enjoys sharing her philosophy of art making and reaches out as much as she can. She lives and works in her home town, Gibsons, B,C, Canada. She is honoured to have work in private collections in Canada and the United States. You can follow her process on Instagram.
“Painting is how I process life. I strive to convey an energy and emotion through my work that you will respond to and ultimately create your own interpretation of. I recognize that I’m deeply influenced by my environment. The West Coast of Canada is perched on the edge of the vast Pacific, smothered in dense rainforest and surrounded by row upon row of Coastal mountains. I find myself mimicking the nature that I’m immersed in. I rebel against order and precision linking my gestures and mark making to the beauty, chaos and wildly feminine qualities of nature. And while my initial inspiration for a painting can come from bits of poetry, music and world events the reoccurring themes of celebrating and redefining our notions of what is feminine always emerges. I don’t want to force or will a painting to a certain outcome. I try to let go of any preconceived ideas of the final piece and react to what is happening on the canvas. I move between right brain intuitive and left brain analytical when I work. I spend much time contemplating my paintings and often work on 3 or 4 at a time to allow myself time to pause and reflect. I am deeply involved in the process, the making of the art, for at the core, it is my deep reverence of creating that is truly the meaning behind all the work. “
Current & Upcoming
Herold Fine Art, Jacquelyn Herold, Fine Art & Art Brokerage, Dallas, Texas.
Little Cricket Gift Gallery, Maple Ridge, B.C.
“Quiet Rush In,” accepted in the Vancouver General Hospital Foundation collection – 2018
Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 50 Canadian Things, Group Show, Sechelt B.C. August 2017
Hope International Development Agency Annual Gala – April 2016 , Vancouver Convention Centre – Interactive Art Installation “Wishing Well”
Hycroft Manor, The University Women’s Club, Vancouver, B.C. February 2016
Seymour Art Gallery, Deep Cove, B.C. Group Show “Line” January 2016
Sechelt Arts Festival, The Story of Cedar, Sechelt, B.C. Oct 2015
Art Vancouver! Trade & Convention Centre, Vancouver, B.C. May 2015
Raw Canvas, Yaletown, Vancouver B.C. December 2014
Sechelt Public Library & District of Sechelt offices, Sept 2014 – Jan 2015
Malene Grotrain’s Full Circle Fashion & Art Event, Vancouver B.C. September 2014
Gibsons Public Art Gallery “Our Forest” Group Show, August – September 2014
Sunshine Coast Art Centre Juried exhibition “Metamorphosis” August 2014
Create Change Foundation – Donating Artist – Reception at the Satellite Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. 2014
Sunshine Coast Art Centre , March/April 2014
Gibsons Public Library, December 2013
Sunshine Coast Art Centre, Juried exhibition “Carte Blanche,” August 14 – Sept 8th 2013
Gibsons Public Art Gallery, 10th Anniversary exhibition, November 2013
The Sunshine Coast Art Crawl 2012 – 2016
Retreats / Workshops / Facilitator
Open Your Art Retreat with Marleen Vermeulen , Spain, May 2016, Sept 2017, May 2018
Linwood House Retreat with Georgia Cyr, Roberts Creek, B.C. January 2018
The Rogue Arts Festival ,Interactive Art Demos Wilson Creek, B.C. – August 2017
Opus North Vancouver , Mark Making Workshops, June 2017
Maderia Park Elementary, Fine Arts Week – Workshops for kids K-6, June 2017
Chakra Tune Up Retreat at Linwood House with Georgia Cyr. April 2017, Roberts Creek, B.C.
Opus Art Supplies, North Vancouver, Marking Making Demo, January 2017
The Ferry Building Gallery, Mark making demo, West Vancouver, B.C. Sept 2016
Painted Boat Resort – Soul & Strategy Retreat with Leah Goard, Creativity facilitator, Nov 2014
Various mark making workshops 2013 – ongoing
I’m honoured to be part of the Libre Tea family as one of their Libre Leading Lights. I whole-heartedly believe in their manifesto and my Libre tea glasses travel with me to my studio, my yoga mat, up mountains and to art galleries in distant cities.