Carol Rowan

(1938 - 2012)

Artist Statement

My medium is pastels because of the immediacy and the lush, dense color. My inspiration is my surroundings, kitchen still lifes, flower gardens and Wisconsin landscapes.

Artist Biography

"Carol Rowan lived and worked on the east side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she transformed her surroundings into pastels filled with color and light.

She received her Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, after which she pursued a career in teaching while raising her two daughters.

Within the last decade of her life, Carol made fine and commercial art her primary focus. As a pastel artist, her style focused on color relationships, the presence of light, and a sense of energy. Her inspirations frequently came from her immediate surroundings: her flower gardens and her home.

Carol is the recipient of numerous awards and is also on display in the collections of Miller Brewing, Northwestern Mutual Life, Johnson Controls, Quad Graphics and other prestiguous corporations. She is also involved in a number of art organizations and exhibits at two local galleries.

Carol's work is also reproduced by more than a dozen licensed companies on a wide variety of items designed to beautify their surroundings — from posters and giclees to dinnerware and area rugs."


Carol Rowan
Brass Pitcher and Apricots by Carol Rowan
Brass Pitcher and Apricots
21.5 x 25.5 in.
Christmas Cactus by Carol Rowan
Christmas Cactus
9 x 7 in.
Christmas Fruit Still-Life by Carol Rowan
Christmas Fruit Still-Life
17 x 22 in.
Flowers in the Shed by Carol Rowan
Flowers in the Shed
14 x 17 in.
Garden Shed by Carol Rowan
Garden Shed
18 x 23 in.
Greenhouse and Red Flowers by Carol Rowan
Greenhouse and Red Flowers
23 x 23.5 in.
Path to the Lake by Carol Rowan
Path to the Lake
15.5 x 29.5 in.
Vase of Flowers by Carol Rowan
Vase of Flowers
24 x 18 in.
Zinnias I by Carol Rowan
Zinnias I
18 x 17 in.
Zinnias II by Carol Rowan
Zinnias II
18 x 17 in.