Corliss R. Owen

Meet the Artist

Corliss R. Owen considers herself to be a visionary folk artist, and she has been painting for more than 60 years. Corliss enjoys experimenting with different mediums and subjects in her artwork. Her body of work includes everything from crafting art for school classrooms to creating unique pieces using acrylic paints. Corliss is a North Carolina native and her work can be found in private residences in the United States.

Q: How did you get started as an artist?

OWEN: I started drawing at five or six years old. And I have always loved to paint.

Q: Do you have a particular method of working?

OWEN: No. But my preferred canvas size is 16” x 20” inches.

Q: What do you feel makes your art unique?

OWEN: I draw inspiration from every day life and my past experiences to create art. And I always want my work to convey joy. 

Q: How has your art evolved over the years?

OWEN: My work has evolved as I have learned different techniques.

Q: What kind of recommendations would you give to someone who is inspired by your work and wishes to become an artist?

OWEN: I would encourage them to just go for it!

Q: Is there any place in the world that you’d like to visit, and if so, how do you believe the trip would affect your artwork?

OWEN: I’d say, Paris… I feel that the city would inspire me to do work that is reflective of the area.

Q: To date, what has been your most memorable show?

OWEN: Some years back, I had a show in my hometown at the Kirby Gallery. It was exciting and inspiring to see members of the public enjoying my artwork.