Owsley grew up in Texas and moved to New York City as a young man where his love of opera and fine arts quickly thrived. For 36 years Owsley worked at the legendary Carlyle Hotel, where he retired as veteran concierge. Through his experience and engagements from his career with the Carlyle and as a resident of New York, he gained an array of stories, tales and insights that he extrapolates into his works of collage. His experience at the Carlyle was also included in a 2018 documentary film named “Always at The Carlyle”. His compositions are assembled from a vast collection of acquired materials that he received from his clients as well as friends and acquaintances he had met during his life in the city.