by LIZ ONUFER | photo by Dawn at Nicoli Productions

The Bowman Family Finds the Perfect Fit in Vista

family_bowman1While Josh and Maria Bowman have spent a good portion of their lives in and around North County, they found their perfect home to raise their family in Vista. “We moved to Vista on Halloween night 2000, dressed up as the gang from The Wizard of Oz,” Maria shared. “We have the best of both rural and city living.” This includes chickens in the backyard, walking to the store and restaurants, and still being on the sand at the beach in 15 minutes.

Early on Josh and Maria met at San Dieguito High School in Encinitas. Josh went on to earn a degree in sculpture from SDSU and today he works as an architectural metalsmith for high-end homes and contributes to public art exhibits, including Kites Over Vista and San Diego’s downtown Urban Trees. “His secret dream is to surf and make art all day long,” acknowledged Maria, who earned her degree in television production. After working for a CBS affiliate in Northern California and for KUSI in San Diego, she transitioned to freelance work in graphic design and photography as a way to stay home and raise the children. Josh and Maria have enjoyed working for themselves for almost 20 years.

Parents: Josh and Maria Bowman
Children: Ethan (19), Olivia (16), Isabella (14)
Community: Vista
Hometowns: Encinitas, La Costa
Occupations: Metalsmith, Graphic Designer/Photographer
Pets: Pitbull – Honey, Beagle – Diego, Mutt – Edward, Cat – Scout, five chickens
Favorite Places in Vista: Our home and backyard, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Main Street, St. Francis Church, Wave Waterpark, JF Japanese Café, Urbn Pizza, Cee Cee Nails, Frazier Farms, Los Cabos Mexican & Seafood, Lee’s Iron & Metal, MiaBella Yogurt & Desserts


Their three children, Ethan, 19, Olivia, 16, and Isabella, 14, attend school, work, and play sports locally as well. Ethan is headed to MiraCosta College in the fall and works at Frazier Farms. The girls attend Guajome Park Academy and play ice hockey for the San Diego District Hockey League.

family_bowman4As a family they are very involved in their church ministries at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Maria coordinates the church’s free lunch ministry, serving about 600 Vista residents every month. As a couple, Josh and Maria help facilitate the “Couples Date Night,” the church’s marriage ministry. The children participate as altar servers during Sunday Mass.

Free time for the Bowman family incorporates walking the boardwalk at Oceanside Pier, surfing, paddle boarding, dining out, and attending musicals at Moonlight Amphitheatre. Josh added, “We enjoy vacationing at our little casita on the beach in San Felipe, Baja.”

Putting it all together, it seems the secret of this family is to keep it simple. “We attend Mass every Sunday and try to keep Sunday for family time. We have weekly family meetings,” Josh said. The couple enjoys date nights several times a week, something they consider an important part of being married for 21 years.