West County artist Bev Rowe, died in her home in Monte Rio on Tuesday, November 20 after a short and courageous battle with cancer. Bev leaves behind many dear friends and fellow artists who were influenced and enriched by her life and art. Bev was an accomplished oil painter. Her life was her art. She never waivered from her calling and pursued her art for 78 years. Bev was born in Los Angeles, California and received her early art training at the Art Center of Los Angeles. She was an artist's artist and hosted drawing workshops in her studio until a month before her death. Her home was her studio, a former boat building shop on the Russian River which she designed and remodeled after moving to Monte Rio from San Francisco in 1981. She said she was so lucky to be able to live in "paradise." Independent, strong-willed, intelligent with a great sense of humor, she led a life well-lived. She was treasured and cared for by her best pal Rosie, her dog, and a large caring community of neighbors and friends. All are most grateful to Hospice by the Bay for their incredible care and compassion and thankful to the Ceres Project for the healthy nutrition they provided. A celebration of Bev's life - who always loved a party - will be held at her studio in Monte Rio on Sunday afternoon, December 9 at 1:00 p.m. An exhibit and sale of Bev's work is scheduled for January of 2013. Donations in Bev's name may be made to the ArtQuest program at Santa Rosa High School.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2012