Lara Bowen

Lara was born in Brighton and studied art at Hastings College and Oxford Brookes University.

Since graduating she has worked as writer, designer, illustrator and art teacher. Lara now concentrates on her artistic practice, documenting the plants, flowers and fruit that she has both established and inherited in her garden.

Having previously worked in the medium of stained glass Lara aims to bring similar elements to her paintings. Working in oils or acrylics she uses a mixture of brush and palette knife to build layers of colour and texture. Inspiration comes from a variety of places; textiles, floral illustrations, the impressionist painters, ceramic design, household paint colour charts and old masters’ still life paintings.

“Light is a vital element in my paintings and I enjoy playing with colour, composition and marks to create something with vibrancy and personality.”

There is a sense of nostalgia in Lara’s work. She collects vases on her travels and by cutting the flowers and placing them in these vessels there begins a limited time in which their relationship can be recorded and therefore preserved; albeit in impression as opposed to photographically.

Now living in Hove, she paints from her studio which looks out over her garden.