About Rowena McPherson


Rowena McPherson, that’s me, or at least the name I am called. I am an introvert, a mom, a graphic designer, a wife, a thinker, a photographer, a dreamer, an artist. Though I am largely self-taught, I received my BFA from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Away from Mouse Island Creatives, I am currently the Coordinator of Graphic Design, Social Media and Photography at my alma mater. I live in Perham, Maine, with my husband, Shawn, who, in addition to being a photographer, writes under the pseudonym Liam Kingman, and two rapidly growing bonus sons, Weldon and Jacoby. I am also Mom to my beautiful, artistic, and highly driven daughter, Arianna.

I am extremely fortunate to work with my husband in our photography studio Mouse Island Photography as a founding partner and lead shooter. I am often struck by the need to recreate captured moments in watercolor and charcoal portraits from the stills. With his encouragement, we now offer this service as an add-on to our photography.

When I am not creating artwork from photos or from my own imaginings, I live the Wicked Good Life. I am blessed to be a busy creative who loves to travel and read books on the beach.

artist statement

My studio practice embodies the expression of the innate need to create, to give form to the formless. It is the result of the primal, almost visceral urge to put mark to paper or canvas; to pull a feeling from within and place it into the physical world for others to experience and share.

Through the act of creating, I am keenly aware of the process and how it is intimately tied to this desire to make. The introspection and peeling back of layers of self-doubt and social expectations to reach the final result is an exercise that is new each and every time I pick up a pencil or paintbrush. Because my focus is on process and expression, the end-product is widely varied. My work ranges from large-scale, colorful and textural abstract paintings, in which I encourage physical interaction, to tightly rendered graphite portraits, bordering on photo-realism.

The more realistic work is presented to remind people that life is finite and everything is temporary. Much of this work is based around the simple moments in life; the tilt of a sweet puppy’s head, the dimple in a little girl’s cheek, the look of adoration in a lover’s eyes. These moments are so fleeting, and life is so big and messy and complex that the sweet stuff can be easily overlooked.