A new art exhibit, John Bowen – Watercolorist is currently on display at the downtown Delray Beach Public Library’s second floor gallery through June 27. Artist John Bowen will donate a portion of the proceeds of any sales back to the Library. Bowen has been a commercial artist and fine arts painter for more than 50 years. He entered the United States Air Force as an illustrator and graphically documented airlift operations in South Vietnam in 1968. After leaving the military, Bowen moved to South Florida and worked in the art department at the Miami Herald and spent the next 38 years working in newspaper advertising. His background as an illustrator has made Bowen a “detail” watercolorist. He conveys the mood and story of a scene through the use of dramatic lighting and vibrant color. Bowen is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and Gold Coast Watercolor Society. His artwork has been published in many art magazines and he is a resident artist at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. He has even published and illustrated a book, Eleven Months and Nineteen Days, documenting his experiences in Vietnam.