Gary Gowans, while born in New York, thankfully grew up in South Florida. That’s where the opportunity to sail lead to a lifetime avocation. After living in Texas, Missouri and California, he settled in Charleston, South Carolina for almost twenty years. Gowans now lives in New Bern, North Carolina, one block from his grandchildren and the Neuse and Trent Rivers. He continues to enjoy both sailing and painting. His current work almost always includes water and the effect of light on that water.
Gowans began his formal art training after serving as an Air Force pilot during the Viet Nam Era. Following graduation from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, he enjoyed a three month tour of Europe on an old BMW motorcycle. Gowans has worked as Art Director and Illustrator for the St. Petersburg Times and several major advertising agencies. His career as an illustrator has led to many interesting freelance assignments. His freelance work included The Wall Street Journal, Cruising World magazine and assignments for Major League Baseball and The National Basketball Association.
Gowans is represented by The Wells Gallery on Kiawah Island, SC, Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery, Mystic, CT and Willoughby Fine Art Gallery in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard.
Gowans, who enters very few competitions, has won Best of Show in Charleston Art Guild shows and was published in the New York Art Directors 64th Annual Show. He has been juried into every Mystic Seaport International Marine Art Exhibition that Gowans entered and named a permanent Modern Marine Master by The Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery. Gowans won the Maritime gallery Yachting Award in the 2012 International Marine Art Exhibition. His winning oil painting titled Ghosting into Cannes is being presented for sale by Willoughby Fine Art Gallery in Edgartown
Gowans has been an exhibiting member of the American Society of Marine Artists, (ASMA) and his work was featured in Fine Art Connoisseur which showcased maritime art from the 30th National ASMA Show.