Wilderness artisit E. B. Stowe dies at 100
The Sanford artisit’s paintings are hung in many Central Florida
hotels and city halls.
By Elaine Bennett Of the Sentinal Staff
SANFORD—Edmund Bruce “E. B.” Stowe, whose landscape
paintings decorate wall all over Central Florida, has died at age 100.
Bruce, a resident of the Hillhavan Health Care Center in Sanford since
1980, died in his sleep Wednesday.
Born in Mount Dora, Stowe moved to Sanford in 1915 and worked as a celery
grower and foliage farmer. He had been painting since 1910 and taught art
for more than 40 years. Stowe completed more than 5,000 paintings,
including 1,700 landscapes commissioned by the owner of several Holiday
Inns in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach to hang in motel rooms.
Some of Stowe’s works alson hang in several city halls in Seminole , including
Sanford’s. Another work, a rendition of an antiquated Sanford City
Hall that was demolished, is displayed at the Greater Sanford Chamber of
Florida wilderness themes were Stowe’s trademark, and his favorite subject
was the St. John’s River. One of his oil paintings, of a palm on
the St. John’s shore was exhibited in 1991 in the U. S. Capitol in a display
honoring senior citizens.
Four years ago, Stowe’s paintings also were featured at the opening of
the First Street Gallery in Sanford. “He was kind of like the pride
of the cultural community in Seminole County,” said Dave Farr, executive
director of the Sanford chamber. “His vitality was always high, and
he was filled with humor. Bless his heart. He as a neat old
gentleman, and we all will have very fond memories of him and his works.”
Sanford Mayor Bettye Smith described Stowe as a “kind, sweet man.
He will be irreplaceable in our community. He painted Florida.
Everyone who has one of his paintings will cherish them.”
Stowe, a Methodist, is survived by two grandsons, two great-graddaughters
and a niece. Arrangements are being handled by Brisson Funeral Home
in Sanford. A memorial service will be held at 3 p. m. Sunday in
the Brisson funeral chapel, with the Rev. Bruce Scott officiating.
Cremation will follow.
1990 shows E. B. Stowe working in his nursing home. He liked wilderness
scenes, particularly the St. Johns River.
From and early 1995 edition of the Orlando Sentinal, Orlando, Florida