LADY IN THE PAINT
Cassondra Bowden is from Philadelphia by way of South Jersey and San Jose, Ca. She signs her work,Cocoa. Cocoa is an self-taught acrylic artist, author, and Army veteran. Her work is pulled from her imagination and largely inspired by music, sports, animal behavior and her travels abroad.
As a 39 year old woman with combat expertise, Cocoa has had the chance to experience some pretty unbelievable events. Additionally, she obtained an associates degree in Forensic Science 08” and undergrad from Temple University in General Anthropology 11”. Today, the former director of the Women Veterans Service Center in Philadelphia, Pa and an once avid advocate for women veterans who had the pleasure of testifying in Congress on behalf of Financing for Veterans Housing finds joy and purpose in artistic expression.
A dedicated artist, she’s been creating canvas works professionally for less than one year, motivated by many complex ideas related to cosmology and how personal perception influences environmental awareness. Her art style is generally figurative —bordering on the abstract, colorful, and painterly. Cocoa also enjoys working on wood panels, collages, writing and poetry.
“I get inspired by everything from people like Immanuel Kant and Mike Tyson, to hip hop music and antiquity. When people see my paintings, I hope they experience a sense of freedom and personal power. My favorite artist is Jean Michel Bosquiat. Not the man, but the artist. I find his work to be Informative and vibrant. His work executes concepts that interest me in a bold, simple and elegant way. “ -Cocoa
Cocoa connects with the art community through her local art council and via joining national competitions. Her work has shown at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach, Classical Books, and the Jamar Enlightenment Center.
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