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Creative People

Nancy Bowen with her pastel painting titled Pink Dogwood Trees.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

A Connersville native who has dedicated her life to business has turned to art.

Nancy Bowen has lived in Connersville her entire life. Now that she is retired, she has turned to painting as a creative outlet.

“I’ve always wanted to do something creative, whether it was sewing, you know, in my younger years,” Bowen said.

Bowen went to Indiana University East and received her degree in business administration and management. Before retirement, she worked at a bank, in payroll and in a factory.

“I never studied art in school because I was always more business driven,” Bowen said. “I always liked art but never really felt like I had any talent. My brother and my sister and my mother were all really good at drawing and I always wanted to be but I just never thought I was good at it.”

It wasn’t until later in Bowen’s life when the Community Education Coalition offered classes that Bowmen took up painting.

“They started offering classes and different things and I started taking painting classes through them, and really got interested in it then for real,” Bowen said.

Bowen prefers to paint landscapes, but does other forms of art such as basket weaving and alcohol ink painting. 

“I enjoy it, I enjoy the socialness of being in an art group. There’s really no creativeness in business, so I really enjoy art and painting,” Bowen said.

Locally, Bowen is involved with the Art House while also being a membership chairperson at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association.