Eric Bowman was born in Pasadena and grew up in Orange County, California. Essentially a self-taught artist, he had a knack for drawing as far back as he can remember. He was the school artist throughout his formative years, launching into the world of freelance illustration in the 1980s.
While he enjoyed a successful career as a commercial artist, it was a chance meeting with two prominent California painters in 1998 that changed Bowman’s worldview of art and set him on a new journey into fine art painting. Since then, Bowman has developed a unique style that continues to evolve. He derives inspiration from sources both contemporary and historic that reflect the high standard of art from a century ago.
As a painter, Bowman has exhibited in some of the country's most prestigious galleries and museums, including the Autry Museum of the American West, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Kaiping Art Museum in Jiangmen, China, the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.
Bowman’s paintings have won numerous awards and recognitions and reside in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, England, Australia, China, Canada, and Mexico. Bowman has also been profiled in feature articles in Southwest Art, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, International Artist, Pratique Des Arts, Fine Art Connoisseur, and PleinAir.