Olwen Dowling

Giant Kelp
24 x 20 Monotype, Dry Point and Watercolor, 2020


It seems each day we are feeling our equilibrium askew with a continuing barrage from outside sources that affect much more than we ever imagined. It’s almost unreal in its intensity and disturbance. No matter who or where you are from, something new and awful has occurred to us all. My way of responding is to find a way to try and live my life to its fullest and appreciate how beautiful it can be by doing my art. And- at the same time stay connected and try for change! Time will tell where it all settles.  I decided to go back to a time of study that helped me get centered. That is Plant Biology and Nature. Nature and what it brings to our daily lives is the ultimate healer. These monotypes, dry points, intaglio etchings, a few oils and watercolors will center on this experience and hopefully bring a sense of stillness and quietude to the viewer. That is my hope.


Olwen was born in Dublin Ireland and emigrated with her family to the United States. She grew up in Malibu, California and Dublin, Ireland. Her primary inspirations in art are Mary Cassatt, Richard Diebenkorn, Turner, Homer, and Joaquin Sorolla. Olwen paints images in oil and watercolor of the West of Ireland, as well as North Chester, where she lives in the Berkshire mountains. She is also a printmaker in intaglio, drypoint/monotype and is a member of the Zea Mays Printmaking Studio and the Monotype Guild of New England. Olwen has been a member of the National Association of Women Artists. Her prints and paintings are personal and are placed where she has a close relationship, such as the Berkshires and Ireland.