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Fellow Texans, meet talented artist Dottie Bowden

Fellow Texans, meet talented artist Dottie Bowden
Dottie Bowden proudly displays her artwork inside her art studio in Stockdale.

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Pris Kincaid
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December 12, 2012
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Dottie Bowden, an active member of the Wilson County Retired School Personnel, is a small, petite woman, with a fair complexion, smiling blue eyes, and snow-white hair. Her soft-spoken manner is complimented with her sharp, quick wit and the twinkle in her eyes. She has been a longstanding resident of the Lily Grove community, which is located east of Stockdale, between the communities of Denhawken and Pandora.Dottie first attended the Lily Grove School in 1936, along with her five sisters and two brothers. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree and master’s degree from Southwest Texas State. After teaching mathematics for 28 years on various levels and settings, she retired in 1985. She started off her teaching career in a split class of fourth- and fifth-graders, then moved to junior high, and later high school, finally ending her last 10 years teaching in an alternative school setting. Her teaching experiences were spent outside the Houston area in Dickenson ISD, Goose Creek ISD, and Deer Park ISD.

Aside from her ability to teach math, Dottie also comes from an artistic family. Dottie learned in 1970 that she had a love for drawing and using different media. A friend invited her to a painting class held in Liberty, and then her first sale was a sidewalk show in Houston. The ability was there; it just took a little spark to get the fire blazing.

Dottie’s first lessons were under Faye Sitton of Liberty, Texas. Other well-known artists she studied under were E. Frost Andrews, Dick Turner, Carol Gibson Sayle, and Dalhart Windberg. The passion grew, and Dottie opened her own studio in 1975.

Presently, she has an art studio in Stockdale at 503 Main St., where she displays her work for sale, as well as a gift shop with gift items and collectibles. Dottie also teaches oil painting and watercolor classes. She does not specialize in any one type of painting or media, but finds different techniques and all subjects of great interest. She enjoys painting bluebonnet scenes and does portraits once in a while. Three of her students are retired teachers and members of WCRSP. Dottie’s shop is usually open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but displays a sign “By Chance or Appointment.”

With all of her accomplishments, Dottie is recognized in several publications, including Notable Women of Texas, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in America. She is an associate member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, a member of the New Braunfels Art League, and the Seguin Oakwood Art League. She was a charter member of the Deer Park Art League, and recently joined the San Antonio River Art Group.

Dottie is a busy lady, mother of two, grandmother of two, and great-grandmother of three children who refer to her lovingly as “Granny Mama.” Her present endeavor is with the December Fantasy Show in Seguin, which runs through December in the Gallery 109, located at 109 River St. in Seguin. There are more than 100 members who enter the show. The theme for this year is “flight,” whereby all entries will be judged. The first-place winner will receive the distinguished Salvador Dali Traveling Trophy and the privilege of deciding next year’s theme. You can look for Dottie’s entry, titled “Fantasy Island.”

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