Kelly Gowan was born in CA in 1973, but grew up in Texas since she was 3. Her Dad, Grandmother, and sister were all amazing artists. In college Kelly dabbled with painting, then met her husband in 1995. She has been happily married for over 20 years and has two children. In 2005 Kelly was diagnosed with stage III Breast cancer and is here today. This is a huge reason of why she moved out to the country, lives on a lake, paints EVERY DAY, and has such a zest for life. Kelly and her family now live in East Texas at Holly Lake Ranch. Her house overlooks a small lake where daily they are surrounded by wildlife such as deer, bald eagles, and so much more. Painting is her full time career now, and she is successfully selling her art in the US as well as France and Denmark. She is a Christian and thanks God every day for the blessing of being able to paint.
Kelly Gowan is an East Texas Abstract Artist, who works in resin, 3D artwork, and mixed media. In her 600+ sq ft studio in Holly Lake, she creates paintings with blow torches, her hands and more. Each piece is a unique design that has many many layers and processes involved to achieve the final look. She is constantly trying new techniques and working with multiple mediums of paints, inks, textures and tools. Her zest for life, a love of peace, music, and nature, and all of this comes out in her art. She works in her studio at Holly Lake Ranch where she does large commissioned pieces and anything she dreams up. She loves working with clients to come up with the right size art for walls, color schemes that work in a home or office and creative looks and styles that each person will truly love! Kelly loves art so much that she says she wakes up thinking about it, paints during the day, and falls asleep dreaming of her next creation. To her, the best part is watching someone fall in love with the art she has created; which is easy to do!. Kelly kick started her career when she accepted into a juried show and able to participated in one of the Nations top art shows, Forth Worth Mainstreet Art Fest, where she sold out. She has successfully sold art in almost every state in the US, as well as paintings overseas to Denmark and France! She has successfully implanted large scale art installations in both corporate settings and many homes and offices. You can view more of her work on her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kellygowanart/ , Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kellygowanart/ or her website www.kellygowan.com.
Artist Interview: Kelly Gowan
What are your earliest memories related to art?
My earliest memories are of my dad painting. He did amazing oils like his mom, and gorgeous pen and inks. Our home was always filled with my dad and Grandmas art as well as my sisters who is also an amazing artist with a true eye for color. Then in college I did a huge watercolor turtle and fell in love with the process. But life got in the way, and I did not make time for myself to paint again until recent years.
How and when did you start becoming an artist yourself?
In college I painted a little bit, but I was always the dreamer artist. I wanted to so bad. I loved looking at art. I loved my dads paintings and drawings and for sure my sisters. I really got the most into art with my friend Kimberly. I would go to her house when our kids were hanging out and look at her paintings. What I loved most about it was what I saw in the paintings. I longed to be painting myself and expressing my own beauty and feelings through art. In 2016 I started painting and was blessed to be able to do it full time.
What was the evolution like toward finding your current voice and visual vocabulary?
The evolution has been in one sense been fast moving. Meaning I can’t believe where I am today and how many paintings I have sold as a young artist. But at the same time it has been years and looking back at how my art keeps transforming into pieces that are truly amazing you can see it really has been an evolution. I think the reason for that is growth. I keep learning new techniques by experimenting and learning from other processes.
What is your process like?
My process all depends on the type of medium and painting I am creating. But I can tell you this..it starts with a vision of what I see at the end, or what I think I want. Then begins research, inspiration, and ORDER. The order how I will make that vision come to light takes as much time as the actual painting part does.
Is there anything from your artist statement that you wish to expound on, that you normally don’t have the chance to discuss?
I do not want to ever limit myself to just one medium or style. I feel like I am an artist to my core and to me that means expressing that creativity how I want to in each painting. Therefore I have many styles and mediums to offer to various collectors. I also enjoy working on commission projects. I love going into a new home, and listening to the home owner to see what color schemes and styles they like. Because I like working with various mediums, that allows for completely unique paintings to go throughout one home.
What do you try to control in your surfaces, and what do you leave to chance?
I just depends on the painting medium and style I am doing. The chance is in every painting…but a directed chance.
Where do you see your work going from here?
I see my work truly elevating and continuing to get better and larger. All the experimenting I do with my processes allows me to alter and better the art I am creating. To reach new levels.