Rowan Crew was born in Kent in 1952. A self taught artist who gratefully acknowledges the encouragement and support given to him by many professional artists in his formative years. Chiefly amongst them the late Karen Ray and the late John Titchell R.A. who was to become a close friend and mentor.
He started exhibiting work in London. In 1979, all of his work was selected for the Britain in Watercolour Exhibition held at the Mall Galleries. More success in London followed and Rowan exhibited with the R.I., the R.O.I. and the N.E.A.C., and in 1987 was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. He has exhibited widely in both group and solo exhibitions, and his work is now held in public and private collections.
Rowan now lives with his wife Linda their two daughters and a menagerie of animals, on a small holding on the edge of the Romney Marsh. Shunning the comforts of the studio, Rowan̛̛s preferred method of painting has always been plein air, the Romney Marsh itself has proven a fertile ground and been the inspiration of many paintings.