|"He turned from one form of landscape architecture to another; from
an administrative, planning context to an illustrative and communicative context that is
still landscape architecture,
"Landscape architecture is an interesting blend of science and art and has a strong social context -- now he explores that and everything else as a painter."
Quote by Professor Emeritus Herrick Smith
Dept. of Landscape Architecture
"Preserving the Horizon"
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA TODAY
National Alumni Association Magazine
"An environmental exhibition
that focuses on coastal habitats along the Gulf of Mexico opens Monday on the 22nd floor
of Florida's State Capitol.
"Hal... quit his job as an
urban planner to draw pictures of Florida's fragile landscape...
"Although he looks like he
could do it, Hal Stowers cannot leap tall buildings in a single bound. But then, the tall,
muscular man with the thoughtful expression doesn't have to. This modern-day hero fights
quietly, using paintbrushes, etching pencils and his observant blue eyes.
"Stower's sculptures and
impeccably detailed watercolors, lithographs and etchings speak eloquently for his
personal appeal for preservation of the state's natural resources."
"It's little wonder that the
Pinellas County Commission proclaimed Stowers
"Hal Stowers, whose soft
seascapes are popular with Florida and corporate collectors, is devoted to the beauty of
Florida's disappearing shoreline. His paintings, prints and sculpture repeat images of
native wildlife and ecology, images that surround and shape his home. The Stowers'
involvement with the environment pervades their way of life; they schedule their days
according to the tide table: appointments with prospective art buyers at low tide, outings
in their boat to do "field work" at high tide."
"it is the impact of Stowers'
sky that commands one's attention, emphasizing the artist's feeling for controlled color
and design. This composition combines the sincerity of nature and the
"Nothing excites environmental
artist and poet, Hal Stowers more than the preservation and regeneration of marine life
along Florida's fragile shorelines with its mangrove and tidal flats, marshes, hammocks,
sea oats and sand. His love and concern for these fast-disappearing ecosystems have
inspired him to capture them on canvas and paper. These works are a record of what may
someday soon be a precious scenario of the way it was ...
"When Stowers started painting in the early 1970's, his works were
void of color and wildlife. He didn't want to distract attention from the mangrove
forests, sand dunes and salt marshes that were vanishing at an alarming rate.
loves his work.
"Ten years ago,
Hal Stowers quit his job as an administrator with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
... Then 27, he walked away from 40-hours-a-week security and into the world of art ...
the relaxed, tropical atmosphere with great skill and affectionate familiarity."
name is synonymous with the preservation and regeneration of Florida's delicate shoreline
and fragile river ecosystems...
"He left his
position with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council in 1971 to begin doing art to remind
persons of the beauty of nature that could be destroyed by insensitive development. One of
his clean, precise etchings (he owns his own large press) of beach and trees on Sand Key
is titled 'Or Concrete' ...
|QUOTES BY THE ARTIST|
"I want man to become more intimate
"We feel it is now
time to reach out-- to encourage "collaboration" --a joining together of all the
arts, disciplines ...individuals, corporations, countries ...with focus on caring for our
"The Setting: a
|"My continuing concern is for both
the fragility of our natural environment
and the human spirit. I would like
my work to serve as an uplifting buoy.
We need more focus on nature -- its balance,
mystique and beauty -- and that in life
which is positive, exciting, joyful and kind."
From the Major Retrospective One-person Exhibition entitled
THE GULF TO THE CARIBBEAN
The Capitol, 22nd Floor Gallery,
State of Florida
January through April, 1993
A SPECIAL NOTE TO
"What is today
"I am touched by
the delicate & fragile relationship of the shorebirds
|"This, my first
edition - to my little woman, friend, lover and greatest inspiration - we travel together
on all levels - with love"
HAL STOWERS, 1973
Inscription on his first two Etching/Aquatints which he gave to B.J. (each numbered 10/30) The plates for these Editions were created in Nijmegan, Holland and were entitled
"Today, Tomorrow?" and "Or Concrete"
Web page, Contents, Photographs & Art Copyright 1998 by Hal & B.J. Stowers.