Iris in Vase
|Dimensions||27 × 20.5 in|
Gwen Rhea Cowden (G. Rhea)
Watercolor on YUPO paper
About The Artist
A lifelong artist, G. Rhea Cowden began studying art in Europe as a teenager with the Russian portrait painter Jablonski in Stuttgart, Germany She sold her first painting at age 13.
She majored in art at Newcomb College in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and worked for a number of years as a fashion illustrator and designer.
Other artists G. Rhea Cowden has studied with include Michael Collins, Chapman Kelly, Marie Leterme, Hiroki Morinoue, Ruth Munson, Charles Schorre, and Frederic Taubes. Her own teaching includes drawing and painting classes in Houston, Texas.
She has been the focus of several major one-artist exhibits in Houston and San Antonio. Working in watercolor, pastel, oil, Conté crayon, monotype and acrylic, her works are included in numerous collections in the United States, Germany, England, Spain, and Mexico.
When I was eighteen, my art professor at Newcomb College warned me that my style had come too soon, that it could become a “crutch.” She said that I had to train myself to look and remember what I see before me. As a result, I continue to be fascinated by the human face and figure and things that I see each day. – Gwen Rhea Cowden, 2023