Eric Bowman was born in Pasadena, California, and grew up in Orange County. A self-taught artist, Bowman’s interest led him into the world of freelance illustration in the late 1980s.
While enjoying a successful career as a commercial artist, in 1998 Bowman had a chance meeting with two prominent California painters that changed his view of art and set him on a new journey into fine-art painting. Since that time, Bowman has developed a unique style that continues to evolve, deriving inspiration from sources both contemporary and historic that reflect a high standard of art from a century ago.
As a painter, Bowman has exhibited in some of the country’s most prestigious galleries and museums including the Autry Museum of the American West, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the Gilcrease Museum, the Kaiping Art Museum (China), the Academy Art Museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.
A recipient of numerous awards including the Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award from the 2021 Prix de West, Bowman’s paintings reside in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. as well as England, Australia, China, Canada and Mexico. Bowman has been featured in Southwest Art, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, International Artist, Pratique Des Arts (France), Fine Art Connoisseur and Plein Air Magazine.
A signature member of the California Art Club and past signature member of both the American Impressionist Society and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Bowman resides with his wife and daughter in Oregon.