The art of Rocking: On what was once a blank white concrete wall, artist and homeowner Paula Bowman creates beautiful and original artwork made from rocks.
“It’s a passion,” my love of working with the medium. It’s part of my history, my psyche. As a climber, I was always collecting them. When I couldn’t climb rocks anymore, I decided to play with them.
You don’t choose the rocks. The rocks choose you. Each one is carefully cleaned, color sorted, and individually placed on the art she makes. Though the finishing products are stunning, Bowman most enjoys the creative process, finding in it a certain meditation.
Because I use industrial adhesives and proper backing, the designs can handle snow, heat, anything. They will be here for a long time.
Holladay Code Enforcement Officer Doug Brewer saw the border in its beginning.“I could just tell it would be wonderful,” he said. “That someone would make something beautiful like that is a great addition to any neighborhood. That she uses her time and talents to create that is really neat and certainly exemplary.”
During the winter months when it becomes too cold to work outside, the artistry is brought indoors. The walls in a room of her home are filled with rock designs where if one looks close enough, hidden patterns can be seen in the motif. In addition to producing rock walls, Bowman creates door mats.
It’s Bowman’s hope to eventually start a business selling the mats and creating rock walls for others interested in the art form.