Terri Bowden

Terri likes to talk with her studio friends while making art and her whimsical and quirky sense of humor is delightfully evident in her artwork. Recently, she was chatting about cartoons in the new millennium. She envisioned a city shaped like fruit. Sky-rise pineapples, department stores bursting like gourmet apples and pears—a “Fruitopia” of succulent color on the Oakland skyline. She interjects with a chuckle, “Don’t eat the banana!”

Terri often draws albino animals and people, having befriended other albinos who, like herself, are legally blind. She feels that people are people, regardless of their race or nationality, and that all-inclusive attitude is evident in the diversity of her portraits. Whether it’s reimagining Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, pop music icon Michael Jackson, or a nondescript winking punk rocker, Terri’s ability to capture the nuances of human expression exceeds far beyond the photos she uses for reference. Her limited vision has a direct influence on her interpretation of reality, resulting in an Impressionist application of color that adds both dimension and complexity to her work. Her fixation on albinism extends to ceramics as well, with her pigmentless fruit, donuts, cookies, rabbits and ducks, all executed in the same nude or whitish pink palette that appears in her drawings. Bowden’s work is now part of the permanent collection at the Mad Musée in Belgium.

Born 1962, Terri has been practicing at Creative Growth since 1993.