More about the Artist:
Aaron Bowden, is known to be dedicated to the cultivation, design, continued education and the preservation of the timeless in the living art form
In addition to being an experienced bonsai enthusiast, Aaron is a master potter, musician/vocalist, Bagpiper and multi-faceted artist.
Koboku Bonsai- Art and Pottery gives him the opportunity to create art in many different forms: miniature living trees, fine pottery and visual art through
painting and drawing.
From the Artist : While Growing up in Maine on the rock coast of Maine and traveling in the deep forests of New England, I witnessed how nature had created some of the most beautiful and mature wild trees. Many of them weather beaten and naturally small and quite beautiful. Truly they were works of art sculpted by natures hands. Some of the best examples for what bonsai is in natural shapes of a tree are in your own back yard and forest landscape.
In the art of Bonsai one strives to mimic the maturity and beauty of trees that has been
created in the wild natural landscape.
Bonsai was introduced by Zen Buddhism in the far east many centuries ago (About 2500 years). Making it's way to China where it was known then as Pun-Sai. Bonsai, some many years later was introduced to Japan, where soon after
the cultivation for bonsai flourished and became more of the art form it is known as today.
As bonsai made its way westward after World War II, it met horticultural and geographical differences in the way trees and plants grow and look in the wild. Thus, the modern age of bonsai was being born, comparing itself to the
Traditional Classic styles in bonsai of the Far East.
Trees grow somewhat differently depending on the species and where they are in the world.
Traditional Japanese bonsai styling techniques are still respected in the western world, as they are the building blocks for how we design and grow our bonsai. It takes constant, daily care, time and patience to develop bonsai to be happy and healthy as they live their lives confined to a container.
Continuous horticultural skills are practiced to maintain shape and design. From season to season, proper watering, feeding and sunlight are essential for healthy root, branch and foliage development.
As bonsai change and grow through the years, so do we.
Bonsai are like children, we are nurturing a living thing. It's a responsibility raising bonsai.
Seeing them thrive can bring enlightenment and joy into our lives.
So what does a tree look like? As a beginner or more advanced bonsai enthusiasts, we draw on our own artistic imagination to evoke the images we see in our minds eye. Bringing our imaginations to life and into the form of a living tree shape. Trees, of a miniature scale. They may be single trees or many as in a forest landscape.
Some tree designs we see thrive within a landscape we live in. And some clinging to the cliff edges of a mountain slope far above our heads.
Bonsai are of many shapes and sizes. Formal to Informal styles, Variations of a style and even more twisted and ancient looking deadwood showing it's maturity and grace.
Bonsai are created by mankind and nature. Refined and sculpted and nurtured for their beauty.
Many bonsai are to be passed on by one generation to the next. And many bonsai are known to live for decades or even centuries.
Aaron Bowden, Artist
Koboku Bonsai -Art and Pottery
Maine Balsam Fir "Dragon Spirit"