Winifred OWENS (1909-1999)
A native to Colorado Springs, Colorado, Winifred Owens began painting at a young age. Soon thereafter, she entered the Colorado College for Fine Art and took classes and studied for five years. During this period, she studied with such famous professors and fine art instructors as Kunioshi, Mangravite, and Jean Charlot. Following this experience she did a summer's work at the Art Colony in Taos, new Mexico with Edmund Kinzinger of Munich. Her portrait work was accomplished under the direction of Madame Alma Hausmann from Vienna, Austria in Denver Colorado.
Although essentially an easel painter, she has many murals to her credit, among which are the El Cortez Theater Murals, Rancho the Taos New Mexico, The Bethany Baptist Church Murals, Colorado Springs, and The Stratton Murals in the Colorado Springs Independence Building. She has shown her work throughout the United States and Europe.
Among paintings by this artist is a large mural purchased by the Santa Fe Railroad. This painting was purchased to hang in the president's office in Chicago Illinois.
Her museum shows include 2 one-person shows at the Museum of Fine Arts, University of new Mexico in Santa Fe and frequent showings at the Fine Arts Museum of Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Since coming to the east in 1960, she has had 11 one-person shows, two of them in New York City. The New York City shows were featured in the center square of the art page of a leading publication, which in itself is a great honor.
In 1967 she received word from the editors of Who's Who in American Art that her name and biography would be included in the new revised edition. Subsequently she was included in an edition of Who's Who of American Women.
Her painting has progressed from the strictly realistic through many stages, to its present form and shares a definite relationship with poetry and music.
Submitted by Milton Bellovin, the executor to the estate of Ralph Whitebergh (1922-2008), who was married to Winifred Owens until her death in 1999.