© 2019, Rowena F. Finn. All rights reserved.

About

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”     -Émile Zola

Rowena F. Finn

Resides in Virginia Beach, VA

Paints in Norfolk, VA

 

Working with plants gives me the freedom to explore the ideas of beauty, flaws, and decay without dealing with the complexity of human beings - namely, the perceptions we tie to gender, race, facial features, and body types. I also paint the human figure, so I’m always thinking about what a model’s appearance may convey, and how that might help or hinder the narrative of my painting. When I take a broad, sweeping look at my garden, everything looks beautiful. But when I pull out my camera to collect reference photos, it’s rare to get a perfect shot. There’s always another flower crowding in, or a few petals already beginning to wilt, or something that prevents me from finding the composition I had hoped for. I have to work with what exists, which is both humbling and comforting - it reminds me that we as humans are the same: we can easily make broad, sweeping statements about groups of people, but when we take time to look intimately, to learn a single person’s story, that person has worth and beauty, regardless of visible imperfections. This is why I choose to paint a flower’s imperfections. Immersing myself in the details while I’m painting is meditative; it grounds me and reminds me that we are all a part of Nature, important and insignificant at the same time.

 

Exhibitions & Awards (Selection)
2019  Chesapeake Bay Watercolorists Fall Members Show, Norfolk, VA, Honorable Mention

2019  FilFest USA, Virginia Beach, VA

2019  Virginia Artist's Exhibition, Charles Taylor Center, Hampton, VA

2019  Governor's School for the Arts Faculty Show, Origins Gallery, Norfolk, VA

2018  Virginia Artist’s Exhibition, Charles Taylor Center, Hampton, VA
2017  The Graceful Envelope, Washington, D.C., Honorable Mention
2014  A Taste of Art, Philippine Cultural Center, Virginia Beach, VA
2008  Free Spirit, Center for Cultural Arts, Suffolk, VA, Award of Merit
2008  Dare to Dream, One Eleven Gallery & Studios, Norfolk, VA
2007  Tiny Treasures, The Hermitage Museum, Norfolk, VA
2007  Rock-n-Surf, The Artists Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA
2007  Quotes & Adages, Pembroke 4 Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA
2007  Group Show, Phillips Art Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA
2007  One Foot Square, The Artists Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA
2007  Fabulous Forgeries, The Artists Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA
2006  Solo Exhibition, The Delightful Dish, Virginia Beach, VA
2006  Best of Virginia Artists (online), Williamsburg, VA, Honorable Mention
2005  Color III International Exhibition, Period Gallery (online)
2004  The Philippine-American Festival, Virginia Beach, VA
2004  Solo Exhibition, The Jewelry Vault, Broadway, VA
2002  The Graceful Envelope, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition

Juror

2019  57th Annual Ocean View Art Show, Norfolk, VA

2019  Boys & Girls Club of Southeast VA, National Fine Arts Exhibit, TCC, Virginia Beach, VA

Publications
The Chrysler Magazine, Spring 2019
Halo Halo Na! Filipino-American Magazine, Vol. 1, October 2018
Best of Virginia Artists, 2005
Scriptsit Journal, Vol. 25, No. 3, December 2002

Education
James Madison University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Minor in Art History, 1999

Memberships

Chesapeake Bay Watercolorists, Portrait Society of America, Norfolk Society of Arts