Three Rockford artists impact Grand Rapids ArtPrize

October 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

by Cindy M. Cranmer Rockford watercolor artist showcases moose print Bright colors and larger sizes often attract people to ArtPrize entries. A Rockford watercolor artist has both going for her in her 2012 entry. LeAnne Mawby Sowa uses her unique watercolor style, which uses colorful washes and bold details to show off her artwork. “The small painting Moose Bath has been one of my most popular paintings. I’ve sold quite a few prints and I’ve gotten lots of smiles and laughs from people who see it,” Sowa said. “This inspired me to create a larger than life painting similar to it.” Moose Bath II consists of nine panels, which are stretched watercolor paper on foam board and attached to each other to make a seven foot by nine and a half foot painting. This is the fourth year that Sowa has had an entry in ArtPrize. Sowa is a self-taught artist but has enhanced her natural talent through attending various professional workshops and college classes. One opportunity she enjoyed was studying in England while residing there with her family. After pursuing a degree in mechanical drafting and several years of drafting, Sowa wanted to “get back to my creative roots and become a fine artist.” Sowa, a member of the Rogue River Artist Association of Rockford and the Pentwater Art Club, is now a full-time artist with artwork displayed at Our Gallery of Pentwater, the Frame and Mat Shop in Rockford, E3 in Rockford, the Eclectic Gallery in Ionia and the Saugatuck Artists Collective. “This has been such a popular print that I decided to go big for ArtPrize,” Sowa said. “This is the biggest thing I have ever done.” Sowa, who has been working on the piece since May, hopes that someone will purchase Moose Bath II for display somewhere that children could appreciate it such as at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “That will make me feel good,” she said. “ArtPrize is so much fun. I love being a part of it. It gets you a lot of exposure as an artist,” Sowa said. The size and bright colors of her 2012 entry are definitely drawing attention to Moose Bath II. The approximately 30-foot by 40-foot oil painting by Linda Bassford, appropriately titled Dog […]