Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist, Ross Cowan
Ross Cowan has been at Māpura for 18 months, currently attending “Leading a Creative Life” on Thursday morning. He began at Māpura Studios by joining the Arts Transition class following his stroke. Ross loves creating seascapes, landscapes and portraits and he’s inspired by beautiful sunsets.
Arts Transition class provides the opportunity to engage in creative expression, and connect with a ‘like community’ is of immense value & support to participants following the trauma of stroke. Engaging in creativity rehabilitates, renews motivation & provides purpose in life.
Ross has been creative all of his life. He enjoys working outside in the gardens at his home, and goes to the beach, enjoying long walks. Art Transition class has allowed Ross to develop a skill which he previously took for granted.
Ross has started doing some art at home, and is beginning to set up his studio. “Art and drawing have always been an interest of mine since childhood and one of my favourite subjects at school as a child. Since having a stroke at age 59, it’s like being reborn to have a second opportunity in life. He loves seeing his work exhibited through Māpura Studio’s exhibition programme. Attending Māpura has given Ross an opportunity to look at things and objects differently. It’s allowed him to appreciate colours.
Studio Co-ordinator Margaret Feeney says “Ross lays down paint in an intuitive manner, which gives a sense of grace and truthfulness to his images. His paintings are structurally cohesive as he comprehends the entire surface as a harmonious whole. This combination of grace and structure gives the painting a strong internal logic that sets up a world that we trust and want to enter.”
Ross enjoys learning about different styles and types of art. He enjoys talking to other people at Māpura, learning from them, and their experiences of stroke. Ross says that “Tutors are very skilful in getting their message across, teaching students. Māpura Studios is a good place to do art”