Jake Bowen is thesoulsearcher

Since picking up a paintbrush for the first time at age 21, Jake has been creating art inspired by his desire for self-discovery.

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I'm Jake Bowen. I was born in 1996, right on the border of Millenial and Gen Z.  As a kid growing up, I was never drawn to making art. Although looking back I do realize aspects of myself showed evidence of a budding artist - moments like scribbling doodles on scrap papers in class to kill time, or how I really wanted a digital camera for Christmas so I could take pictures of random things. For the most part though, throughout my childhood I veered from interest to interest, about as often as the seasons changed. If there was one thing that was consistent about me, it was that each hobby that did strike me became my obsession, at least until something new and seemingly better presented itself.

Photography grabbed my attention in high school, enough so that I saw it as a possible career to work towards.   In university I stuck with photography almost to the end. But then I took an internship at an art gallery, and it was there that I found my new love for painting. I think being a part of the behind the scenes at a gallery made the art world feel less like a mystical realm and more like something I could see myself being a part of. I picked up a paint brush for the first time at the age of 21.

Since then, I've gotten to a point where I'm finding my creative voice, and it's starting to be heard. I've had my first public show, sold some paintings, and had a few big commissioned pieces as well. Now I'm more motivated than ever to continue my journey and see how far I can go.


Describe what you create in 5 words or less.

Visual interpretations of thoughts & feelings.

What's the one piece of advice that changed your life?

Growing up, my mom always felt trapped in a job that she hated. So her advice to me was always to do something that you love. Through a lot of trial and error, I eventually found that I love to express myself through making art. So that's what I plan on doing for as long as I love it.


What brings you joy at the moment?

Being stuck in yet another COVID lockdown is a drag, but I consider myself incredibly lucky to have everything that I have within the walls of my apartment. I have my fun, loving, passionate girlfriend, Emma, I have my little puppy Blue and big cat Corbin, and I have at least a few months worth of art supplies and ideas to get me through...not to mention a constant stream of shows to be catching up on. My favourite show at the moment is "How To With John Wilson". It reminds me of my days shooting street photography because he's always finding the most incredibly weird and wild scenes in the streets of New York, but he goes several steps further by meeting these people and discovering simple yet amazing underground worlds. The show is so much more than that. You really have to watch it.  

What is your most treasured possession?

As vain and also lame as it is, my most treasured possession is usually just whichever painting I'm most enamoured with at the moment. I usually shuffle through paintings on my walls as I create them, but the favourites tend to stick around for a while. Currently it's between "Mind Games" and "Dance Like No One's Watching". Not including my paintings, I'd say my most treasured possessions are my art books and the original painting I bought from one of my favourite artists, Zach Thompson.


What's that one thing that keeps you motivated?

The desire to live a full life. To be able to look back one day and feel pleasure in what I accomplished and who I was throughout my life is something I think about often.

"I've gotten to a point where I'm finding my creative voice, and it's starting to be heard."

What have you never understood?

How music works. I love listening to music. Almost any genre. But I couldn't for the life of me try to explain anything about the music that I like besides that it just makes me feel some way or another. I like that music is clouded in mystery for me. It makes it all the more beautiful in its magic that I can't comprehend. I like not knowing how the sausage is made so to speak.

What song gets you on the dancefloor?

Lately I've been on a bit of a 90s female pop group kick. My favourite song from that genre to dance to is "No Scrubs" by TLC. In a separate genre, "The Dress" by Dijon (and the rest of the album "Absolutely") always gets me movin' and groovin'.

Right now I'm feeling...

A little cold, excited for the rest of 2022, ready for lunch, and like I would like to spend the evening in the studio.


"I'm more motivated than ever to continue my journey and see how far I can go."

Who is inspiring you
right now?

Danny Sofa
@dannybsofa

Danny is easily one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to young up and coming painters right now. The beautiful, insane, fun, and free world that he creates with his work often leaves me staring at them for long periods of time just trying to take it all in.

Danny is easily one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to young up and coming painters right now. The beautiful, insane, fun, and free world that he creates with his work often leaves me staring at them for long periods of time just trying to take it all in.

Caleigh Bird
@caleighbirdart

Caleigh is my American cousin who I’ve only had the pleasure of meeting on a few occasions, but whenever I have, I’m always struck by her passion for everything she does (which includes but isn’t limited to painting, stitching, hula-hooping, hiking, and now teaching). She has always been such a wonderful human to be able to look up to as I've grown up.

Caleigh is my American cousin who I’ve only had the pleasure of meeting on a few occasions, but whenever I have, I’m always struck by her passion for everything she does (which includes but isn’t limited to painting, stitching, hula-hooping, hiking, and now teaching). She has always been such a wonderful human to be able to look up to as I've grown up.

Francisco Corbett
@franciscocorbn

His passion, work ethic and fun personality inspire me when I’m feeling lazy or defeated. He’s doing so much right now, between putting together an artist collective, running a studio, painting, making clothes, making music, and more that I’m sure I’m missing, he is incredible to watch.

His passion, work ethic and fun personality inspire me when I’m feeling lazy or defeated. He’s doing so much right now, between putting together an artist collective, running a studio, painting, making clothes, making music, and more that I’m sure I’m missing, he is incredible to watch.

Noah Defrayne
@124468376_

Noah is an ever evolving being who refuses to be put in a box. He might not love that I’m shouting him out here as he has been pretty anonymous online lately, but I couldn’t leave him out when talking about people who inspire me. He is an incredibly creative and skilled photographer, has a real eye for beauty, and is always helping me see the world in new ways whenever we connect.

Noah is an ever evolving being who refuses to be put in a box. He might not love that I’m shouting him out here as he has been pretty anonymous online lately, but I couldn’t leave him out when talking about people who inspire me. He is an incredibly creative and skilled photographer, has a real eye for beauty, and is always helping me see the world in new ways whenever we connect.

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