I can't remember when I wasn't interested in art and nature. As a child my father taught me to draw and make things from clay gathered from the stream behind our Pennsylvania farmhouse. With that experience I excelled at art as a child. A middle school art teacher took me under his wing, working with me every night after school, using colored pencils to create pictures of wildlife. Although it was only copying, it strengthened my drawing skills and started the process of really observing. Throughout high school I entered every poster contest that came my way, earning a little money. This, coupled with a keen interest in nature, set my path early in life.
I graduated from Kutztown State University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's and Master' s degree in Art Education. My intention upon going to college was to be a painter, however I soon discovered that the only style being taught was abstract. Subsequently I graduated with a major in ceramics and sculpture, and taught drawing, ceramics and sculpture at Howard University and Bloomsburg State University for five years. I left behind my tenured position to pursue a career as a studio artist. I was a full-time potter, showing nationally for twenty-five years until a back injury brought an end to that pursuit. At the same time this injury opened up a "new Life" for me-to become a painter after all. By this time a number of renowned painters were teaching exactly what I was interested in-. 'Painting realism', 'lmpressionistic realism'-both in studio and plein aire.
Sylvia Bower, my wife (also a painter) and I 'hung our hats' in Arizona while taking full advantage of magnificent scenery and excellent teachers all over the West. We painted our way from Canada to Mexico in our RV, following the bird migrations. We moved to Central Kentucky in 2006 and now live in a Victorian in Perryville.
—Ron Bower, a former university art professor, currently resides in Perryville. He holds multiple degrees in art education and is one of our most sought after art instructors for impressionistic realism in oil. He paints and teaches both in studio and en plein air through Art of Danville.