Marjorie Bowers is a resident of Lilburn Georgia. As avid RVers, she and her husband Carl spend a considerable amount of time traveling all over this huge country seeking out her subject matter to photograph for later use in her pen and ink drawings. Having the amenities of home and the luxury of time allows the artist to be able to do in depth photographic studies during different times of the day. This allows her the best setting for the shadows and light that will later build her work. Marjorie will also occasionally work with other artistâ€™s photographic compositions who share her vision
Her favorite subject matter is old architecture, historic landmarks and scenic landscapes but she does occasionally include some wildlife drawings. Pen and Ink is the main focus of her art and is meticulously detailed, using her unique techniques to achieve lovely textures. She uses a very small .005 pen to capture the fabulous details, often spending 100 hours on one drawing Of late, she has learned to utilize pencil and ink washes when the subject matter calls for a more relaxed feel (skies, water, certain shadows, etc.). Quite often she uses a method of â€œisolated colorâ€ to bring out a small area in color. She does this the â€œold fashioned wayâ€ using a speedball pen and colored ink. This unique treatment compliments the black and white is a very positive way and is an excellent finish for pen & ink.
Marjorie has no formal background in art and is totally self-taught. She had finished a few pieces of fine art during her life but her love affair with the pen was spurred on rather suddenly by the loss of her youngest daughter in 2005 followed immediately by the loss of her father in 2006. Her true talent came out at that point and for the next five years she buried herself in her art. In 2010 after the loss of her mom, Marjorie sold her very successful exhibits business to pursue her dream of becoming a full time artist.
Her very first show was in 2011 and afforded Marjorie her very first best of show ribbon. And she has never looked back. Since then she has won over 30 ribbons including Best of Drawing in the Dogwood Festival, Atlanta Arts Festival, YorkFest and the very prestigious, Mt Dora Fine Arts Festival.
Her work has recently attracted the attention of gallery curators resulting in several solo shows. She is currently being shown at the Bank of America Plaza Gallery in Atlanta until April 10, 2015. Later this year (September 5- 31) she will showing her work (solo) at the Dogwood City Gallery in Tallapoosa, Georgia. The summer will be show packed in with her first shows in the Great Lakes area.
Since 2006, the artist has included a K with a shamrock for her youngest daughter, Kelly. Ironically, she lost her stepdaughter, Sandy last year and her newest work has a broken heart also hidden in her honor. See if you can find them!