Sacramento, CA 95818
About Elaine Bowers
When I moved to Sacramento I fell in love with the Delta and discovered the North Valley. Both are in the heart of California, abundant with agriculture and part of the state’s watershed. Flying in and out of the Capitol, I became enamored by the aerial views of the farmlands and delta, which reminded me of quilts. Ever since my first flight in a small plane to take photos, I have endeavored to capture the magic and beauty of the California landscape in my paintings from this unique perspective. I’ve had many exciting flights, including some in older restored planes. My most memorable flight was in a 1940’s Piper Cub, shooting photos with the doors open, and taking off and landing in a farm field! Recently I had another memorable flight in a SeaRay plane, which flew over the North Valley where I got to land on the Black Buttes Lake!
I paint both aerial and traditional landscape views of the Delta and North Valley. Some are jewels of the delta, as seen from the river banks and levees. Others are treasures only seen during a short period, such as when the Almond orchards are in full bloom or of the California foothills on a cloudy day as viewed out the window of the train. Yet another painting is from an outing when I traversed a muddy irrigation ditch to find myself enveloped in sunflowers. Still others are the beautiful stages of the rice fields as they transform from reflecting pools of the cloudy sky to velvety green fabric to earthy geometric patterns after the harvest.
The Delta & North Valley have a biodiversity that is varied and vulnerable. It’s home to three endangered fish species, a flyway for migratory birds, and farmland for fruits, grains, nuts and vegetables. In painting the California landscape I have found a treasure chest of wonders and beauty as viewed from any perspective.
I teach beginning watercolor classes and an upcoming En Plein Air class (pending the Pandemic restrictions).
My free Studio Tour Artist Event on Sept. 24 at 2pm via Zoom is "Watercolor Whimsy", a mini class for all ages (4+ yr.). I will show some basic watercolor techniques by making a butterfly using crayon resist or oil pastels. Adults will find this fun and a nice introduction to watercolors. You may want to do this with children, grandchildren or home school students. If you are interested contact me by email and I will send the link. email@example.com
Takes Commissions, Teaches Classes