Artist Spotlight + Inside the Studio of Tim Rowland

Ten Questions with Tim Rowland

Describe your art in three words.

Vibrant, passionate and stimulating

Describe yourself in one word.


What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?

I love the Freedom of creating art in New Orleans. I am inspired by all aspects of NOLA. I love the tile street names, the graffiti-ed buildings and stop signs, the palm and oak trees, the wonderful statues, the Mardi Gras beads in the trees… you name it, IT inspires my heart!

Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?

I work on a daily schedule. Sometimes I think about my art for weeks before I begin the initial stages of drawing, painting or creating . Other times I just get to work. Most things begin in my Re Ti Ro Sketchbooks after I have thought about them for minutes or weeks, and like thunder with lightning timing they are off on their own.

Where do you draw inspiration?

Mostly from my own imagination, visiting art galleries or museums, my wife, my family, my friends, books, songs, music, poetry, television, the web, Instagram and mainly other artists. I am an avid art and art history lover, visiting many museums and galleries.

Who are your artistic influences or gurus?

My pantheon of art mythology has many Goddess’s and God’s here are a few in no particular order other than I thought of this one first, but all are much loved by me; Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Jean Michel Basquiat, Amedeo Modigliani, Roger Shimomura, Utamaro, Kehinde Wiley, Thomas Hart Benton, Henri Matisse, Picasso, Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, Alice Neel, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lucian Freud, Philip Pearlstein, Otto Dix, Mark Twain, E.E. Cummings, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Cy Twombly, Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp. Claes Oldenburg, Jackson Pollock. Helen Frankenthaler, Keith Haring, Josef Albers, Rene Magritte, Piet Mondrian, Hans Holbein, Tamara De Lempicka, Hieronymus Bosch, Paul Gauguin, Wonder Woman, Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Salvador Dalí, Wassily Wassily Kandinsky, Leonardo da Vinci, Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Edvard Munch, Michelangelo, Georges Seurat, Marc Chagall, Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer, Arnold Böcklin, Louise Bourgeois, Georgia O’Keeffe, Artemisia Gentileschi, Joan Mitchell, Yayoi Kusama, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Jenny Saville, Sofonisba Anguissola, Lee Krasner, Cindy Sherman, Suzanne Valadon and Lisa Yuskavage to name a few.

In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?

“You belong among the wildflowers You belong in a boat out at sea Sail away, kill off the hours You belong somewhere you feel free” Songwriter: Tom Petty Wildflowers lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

The Muscians & Bands I get down to in the Studio; Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Paul Simon, Bowie, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, Drew Cooke, Police, Bob Marley, The Clash, Jimi Hendrix, INXS, Boston, The Rolling Stones, House of Pain, Ice Cube, NWA, Cypress Hill, Method Man, Woody Guthrie, The Steve Miller Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Ramones, Dinosaur Jr., Willie Nelson, The Sex Pistols, Nirvana, Supertramp, Duke Ellington, Jack Johnson, The Shins, Nas, Wu Tang Clan, ODB, The Rolling Stones, Jay Z, Dire Straits, Clifton Chenier, ELO, Michael Jackson, Holly Golightly, Cab Calloway, Outkast, Tears for Fears, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Johnny Cash, Vampire Weekend, Shuggie Otis, Todd Snider, Boyoyo Boys, The Band, Ben Harper, Prince, Chuck Berry, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Tribe Called Quest, Lenny Kravitz, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Radiohead, Seu Jorge, Traveling Wilburys, Harry Nilsson, The White Stripes, Beastie Boys, Kansas, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, RUSH, KISS, Mötley Crüe, Guns N Roses, The Strokes, Al Green, Beck, Digable Planets, Gang Starr, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Harry Connick Jr., Stevie Wonder, Phish, The Beach Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Gorillaz, White Zombie, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Dr. John, U2, Mungo Jerry, Harry Belafonte, Steve Winwood, Toto, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, New Order, Spoon, Queen, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Men at Work, Air, The Velvet Underground, ELVIS, Franz Ferdinand, Pixies, Marcy Playground, Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle, Brother Newz, The Poppies, DeVotchKa, The Killers, etc.

“Oh my my, oh hell yes Honey put on that party dress Buy me a drink, sing me a song, Take me as I come ’cause I can’t stay long.” Songwriters: Tom Petty Mary Jane’s Last Dance lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Where can we find you when you are not creating art?

Writing poetry, walking my dogs, playing with the bunnies and spending time with my wife in the city or at home. I love going to gallery openings and art museums. I also love going to baseball games and a proper night out on the town. Buy me a dressed shrimp poboy and a beer and I’ll tell you more!

What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?

My Birthday! I love Halloween, Spring and Summer. I enjoy early mornings, quite afternoons and late nights with full moons.

What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.

Tim word for word is verbatim. Love is my favorite thing. My rabbits names are Tally Mon, named after Harry Belafonte “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” and Miss Penelope. My dogs names are Hank, he is a Beabull (Beagle Bulldog Mix) and Taz is an English Bulldog mate. My birthday dish is chicken and waffles and pink strawberry cake. Kindness and loyalty is my favorite traits in others.

Humor is my favorite personal quality about myself. Q: What did the Fauvist artist say to the dentist? A: Matisse hurt!

timbarow is a combination of Timothy Barr Rowland, Timothy Barr Rowland Artist Name is modeled after the Kansas City Missouri Regionalist Artist Thomas Hart Benton. timbarow is modeled after SAMO© from Jean Michel Basquiat.

Check out more of Tim’s work by visiting his artist profile and see his piece ‘The Water Garden’ in person at 1901 Royal as part of Masterpeace. More info on the opening event here.