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Doris Cowan was presented with the Honorary Life Membership Award by the Metairie Art Guild. This award is given to a deserving member who has contributed their time and talent to the guild in an outstanding way. She has held numerous offices and served on many committees over the past 22 years. It's a prestigious award in that only one member may receive it annually, and there are only eight members who have been given this award.

Doris was presented the St. Charles Art Guild's Artist of the Year Award 2002 in St. Charles Parish. Her work was selected from 33 entries and voted on by her peers. See picture below.

Doris Cowan-St. Charles Art Guild Award
Doris Cowan on the left

Doris Boudreaux Cowan is a native of Belle Rose, Louisiana. An authentic cajun, Doris has been painting Southern scenery and flowers since 1980 with such media as oils, acrylics and watercolors. Influenced by her husband, an avid fisherman, Doris began depicting fish. Her art also has been influenced by her travels. A trip to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia inspired Doris to do paintings of Jesus, Mary and the angels. During a recent trip to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, she was fascinated by the picturesque lighthouses lining the shores along the coast. Living near New Orleans, she is adept at painting the city's unique shotgun houses, Mardi Gras floats and riders and the street musicians of the French Quarter.
While raising her children, Doris began taking art lessons from a high school classmate, Polly Johnson. Doris credits Polly with getting her hooked on art. Doris also studied with Al Federico and in workshops with Robert Woods, Judi Betts, Tony Couch, Jeanne Dobi, Milford Zornes and Doug Walton. In addition to studying art, Doris went to nursing school in 1974-75 and worked at East Jefferson Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana for the next 20 years.
Doris has exhibited widely and is a winner of over 100 awards in juried shows. Her work is represented in the Rivertown Art Gallery in Kenner, LA, Cameron Jones Shop on Magazine Street in New Orleans, the River Region Art Gallery in Sorrento, LA, and the Loft Studio in Bay St. Louis, MS. Her paintings can also be found in corporate and private collections around the world. Doris has the distinction of being a member of Penn Women of America. She is a board member of the New Orleans Art Association, Le Petit Art Guild, Westbank Art Guild, Lousiana Watercolor Society, St. Charles Art Guild, River Region Art Guild, and is a charter member of the Jefferson Art Guild. She is also the past president of the Metairie Art Guild.

Doris Cowan Paintings
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