Johna Gibson Bowman – About the Artist

“Perfectly ordered disorder designed with a helter-skelter magnificence.” -Emily Carr

Johna Gibson Bowman
Photo by Lilly Skirvin

It was the childhood spent surrounded by emerald woods, cerulean skies, and tanned patches of shaded ground that illuminated the path to art for Johna Gibson Bowman. The nature of mortality and the mortality of nature draped like a cloak over earliest life impressions gave way to a desire to translate it all onto paper and canvas. 

Johna Gibson Bowman spent high school in the art room. She then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Two-Dimensional Studies. Hoot’s Gallery was named in honor of her dad, John “Hoot” Gibson and for her love of owls.

The styles of work include abstract paintings, whimsical illustrations, digital collage and painting, traditional and altered photography, cemetery photography and art, and most recently Tondo and Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Sign inspired Zodiac series.

Johna loves painting and drawing, taking pictures, going to cemeteries & studying gravestone symbols. She never get tired of Antiques Roadshow and is semi-obsessed with the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Always searching for the balance of darkness and light.

Inspirations include nature, mortality, ancestral heritage, astrology and celestial bodies. Entranced by moments, memories, words, maps, photographs, and what some may call trivial thoughts. Inspiration can come from something as vast as the mountains or as tiny as a speck of sand.

Each creation is inspired by a particular moment, feeling or observation though they vary in style. Each artwork is a celebration, whether that happens to be melancholy or joyous. In abstracts she is exploring the relationship between nature and mortality, the literal and figurative, and synesthetic impressions.

Making soap, candles, & incense is another passion but perfumery is her favorite. Visit Hazel Fern Scents for those creations.

“My illustrious lordship, I’ll show you what a woman can do.”  -Artemisia Gentileschi

Photo by Lilly Skirvin