by Edward M. Gowen


Mr. Michael Brooks

Oil, 24 x 18

Red Hat

Oil, 20 x 16

His Family

Oil 36 x 48

Wading In 

Oil, 24 x 36

The Welborn Family 

Oil 36 x 36 


Oil,  20 x 16

Little Girl with Berries

Oil, 36 x 24

I did this one for fun. I was so enamored with the pose and expression that I went ahead and painted this little girl from a cell phone pic!  It is amazing how sometimes artistic motivation can overcome the want of more complete reference material. 

 Reverend George Washington Finney

Oil, 17 x 14 

The glass eye of the subject in this portrait was my unique challenge. I offered to "normalize" the eye for the client but her response was, "Papa had a glass eye - paint him that way." Another challenge was to paint this posthumous portrait from a vintage black and white photo.  Because the photo had a good distribution of shadow and light I was able to "pull this one off."  A relative (who commissioned the painting) offered a current photo of herself for color reference. The result was a happy client - and the portrait seen here. 

Reverend Mark Grooms

 Oil,  24 x 18


Oil, 36 x 24

Collection of the Artist


Oil, 18 x 24, Detail 

Hands are always a challenge, especially with the way Cara gently folded her right hand under her chin.  Making sure that the hand looked natural in such a position was a  double challenge. 

The Graduate

Oil, 36 x 24

Although I prefer to work from my own photos, I managed this portrait from a snapshot of a young lady and her horse who together graduated from riding school. 


Oil, 24 x 36 

A large painting can offer a life-size or near life-size rendering of your pet. 


Oil, 20 x 16

Would you like a commissioned portrait of a special person, family member, friend, or yourself?  Consider a portrait as a gift to a prominent corporate officer or community leader. Pet portraits or renderings of a beloved home-place are also popular.

   Please contact Ed Gowen to discuss details: 

[email protected]   434-851-2765