Anita Bowerman is based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and has worked as a professional artist for 20 years. Prior to that she worked as a buyer at Liberty’s of London.
She is well known for her vivid use of colour in her paintings and watercolours, and her intricate paper cut work. Paper cutting is the art of cutting intricate detail using a scalpel to create artworks which are completely unique.
In 2015 Anita was appointed the Official Artist of the Tour de Yorkshire and created official art work for Welcome to Yorkshire. She presented a laser-cut stainless steel artwork commemorating the Tour de Yorkshire to the Lord Mayor of York and Christian Prudhomme at the Mansion House at the Eve of Tour celebration May 2015. Her paper-cuts of the 2014 Tour de France route in Yorkshire were an instant success.
Anita is the artist in residence at Hazlewood Castle and has recently featured in regional press including the Yorkshire Post, York Press and ITV news. Prestigious commissions include bespoke artworks for Virgin Money, Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity, the Grammar School at Leeds, William & Victoria’s restaurant, Ashville College and Hydram Sheet Metal. Anita’s work can currently be seen at Hazlewood Castle and William & Victoria’s in Harrogate. Stockists of her work include the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate and Weaverbird, Ilkley.
Always looking for a challenge, Anita’s work is getting more intricate by the day, spending a lot of time outside in the local countryside researching and creating each design onto paper with a pencil and then carefully cutting each one out with a scalpel. Her paper cuts take hours to complete and she incorporates her knowledge of fashion design and illustration into them. Her paper cut A Cycle Tour of Yorkshire Stage 1 took over 5 months to create, driving the route, researching the details and spending over 200 hours cutting out!
Anita’s paintings are all created using found objects such as twigs, pebbles and feathers to apply the paint. She paints everything outside, taking her canvas or paper and using what she can find at the scene to create her works.
The Dove Tree Art Studio
Anita opened the Dove Tree Art Studio in 2011 as a place where she could work, exhibit and sell her paintings and artworks. Located in the centre of Harrogate on Back Granville Road, Anita fell in love with the fascinating but dilapidated building and transformed it into her workshop, gallery and studio. Her passion for styling has meant that what was once a disused coach house has become a light and airy space filled with her work and inspired by a French atelier. The grand piano on the ground floor is reputed to have been used at the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889.