Joan Bowers

Bowers’ early years were spent in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania where she was born and attended school. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a Doctorate of Education in Nursing from Teachers College Columbia University in New York. Courses in photography at a community college opened her heart and mind to a focus in art. Bowers did not begin photographing seriously until after she retired and her hearing impairment required her to use hearing aids. In addition to loss of hearing, Bowers suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and osteoarthritis. The latter two affect her breathing and mobility, somewhat limiting her photography. Through photography, Bowers attempts to communicate her willingness to see beauty in even the smallest elements: naked trees in winter, water that lies still in ponds or moves through channels cut into the land. Bowers’ work has been in solo and group exhibits throughout Washington.