I knew I wanted to be an artist from the age of five. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, I grew up around the studio of my father, Ken Dowd, a successful illustrator, laying the foundation for my future as an artist. I received my BFA at the Art Center College of Design, graduating second in my class. At Art Center, I focused on classical drawing and painting as the principal areas of study. I returned to St. Louis to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator. I worked with clients such as Simon& Schuster, Coca-Cola, and Anheuser-Busch while continuing my studies as a painter. In 2000, I decided to dedicate myself fully to fine art and established my studio at the St. Louis Artists' Guild where I was Artist-in-Residence. I have completed commissions for clients which include Southwest Bank, The Fox Theater of St. Louis, as well as many portraits including two official portraits of the Cardinal Justin Rigali for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Southwest Bank President Drew Baur, and President/Founder of the Mary Engelbreit Company, Mary Engelbreit. I am a member of the California Art Club, the Portrait Society of America, and the Oil Painters of America. "Woman in a Black Hat" was awarded "Best of Show" by juror and fellow artist C.W. Mundy at the Oil Painters of America regional exhibition. My still life, "The Sweetest Things in Life" was awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2006 Art Renewal Center's Salon Show. I am currently represented by John Pence Gallery (San Francisco), Waterhouse Gallery (Santa Barbara), Altermann Galleries (New York/Santa Fe) and Kodner Gallery (St. Louis). I teach workshops, instruct at the Laguna College of Art and Design, and continues to work from my home studio.