A self-taught artist, Rowena Draper describes herself as a former nomad inspired by the School of Life. Drawn from her early memories, Rowena’s work captures the freedom, wonder and curiosity of childhood, “the innocence of our wild natures in its freest, purest form.” Her adventurous upbringing inspired her to travel the world, and she became a travelling mural artist, from Mexico to California, India to New Zealand. Rowena’s art depicts magical creatures and fairytale archetypes, her paintings narrating their stories and exploring her own relationship with these characters.
Rowena generally works with acrylics on canvas or wood, and recently has been adding recycled objects such as ornate frames, fabric, cogs or other “trinkets and treasures” from her fantastical travels. Now Pilton based, Rowena has been the artistic director and creator of The Flying Machine Cafe, a travelling festival business with a colourful big top marquee, stage and in-house entertainment. This new venture allows Rowena to continue to create and display her work, as well as immerse her two children in the whimsy that animates her artistic vision.
“So Rowena Invites you to step out of time
To a place where childlike wonder beckons you with wild eyes
Welcome that invisible four footed friend to your table
Leave your last bite for the fairies
Look for doorways in the trees.”