Jim & Barbara Cowlin in their teardrop trailer, the Pod

Jim & Barbara Cowlin in their teardrop trailer, the Pod

James Cowlin is a landscape and nature photographer. Barbara Kemp Cowlin is a painter. They are partners in this project and in life.

Jim owned a commercial photography business in Phoenix for 35 years creating photographs for corporate clients and helping businesses develop marketing materials. He also spent as much time as possible traveling the back roads of the Southwest capturing the beauty of the natural world. Gradually his passion for landscape photography eclipsed the commercial work and in 2007 he closed the studio in favor of pursuing fine art nature photography full-time.

Barbara has made her life in the arts. She has been an arts administrator, graphic designer, and an art teacher, in addition to holding countless unrelated jobs to support her art habit. Her goal has always been to be able to create art full-time as a painter and printmaker. Currently she is living her dream, working in her studio and traveling with her husband, Jim, on US Route 89.

The US Route 89 project was initially conceived as a way to showcase Jim’s photographs of the great western national parks. Barbara was inspired to paint the diverse tourists she encountered as well as the beautiful scenery. When they traveled between the parks they discovered that there were many other beautiful places along the road that deserved to be photographed and shown to the world. They also discovered the many communities along 89 where they found the roots of the culture that characterizes the western United States.

Visit the US Route 89 Appreciation Society website for Road Trip Guides and more.

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