Rowan has spent most of her adult life in California, first in Los Angeles and most recently in the Monterey Bay area. While living in California, she became a familiar name within the art community. She was a Member of Women Painter’s West and has been a Signature member of Watercolor West since 1982. She was hung in the Traveling Show of National Watercolor Society in 1992, where her painting was awarded the Past President’s award. In 1996, her work was sent to New York and hung in the American Watercolor Show.
The opportunity to do Plein Aire works in France several times has enriched her paint expressions and the opportunity to work on the Monterey Peninsula has enriched her works.