Artist Statement 2017
What I learn about myself and how to make sense of my life through painting is as important to me as creating something beautiful and original. I have learned not to fear following a painting when it leads me on a different path than the one I originally designed for it. There is always something wonderful to be discovered at the end of that detour. What is manifest in nearly all my art is a quietude and peacefulness that seems to pervade even the most dynamic of my painting compositions – of nature, people, animals, birds, and “still” life. No doubt this is a way of living and being I wish for myself and for those who view my paintings.
is often a vehicle for the metaphorical expression of an idea or
thought in a visual poem. Her use of curvilinear compositions and
the suggested motion of the bird or animal subjects give life and
freedom to her images. Through repetition of the flowing lines she
creates a sense of harmony, and balances this movement with areas
of quiet space. Although much of the emotional power the artist
is able to convey comes from dynamic composition, the predominant
power effected by her treatment of the subject matter is one of
gentleness and peace.
About the Artist
Nancy Howe is a self-taught artist who began
developing her art seriously in 1988 from her rural studio in Vermont.
Her paintings in oils exhibit a refined quality of realism often
described as suffused with light, exquisitely textural, and having a
quiet presence. Her unique treatment of the subject matter, which spans
the range from animals and birds, to landscape, still life, and
figures, is created through thoughtful compositions, strong design and
the expression of light.
In 2007 Howe created a fundraising project, “Painting a Brighter Future for Women”, in partnership with The Boma Project www.bomaproject.org.
The project is a series of original oil paintings of the native
pastoral nomadic people of northern Kenya, and fine art giclee prints
from these images, the sale of which supports women in these
communities. In 2011 the project was expanded to include additional
painting series to benefit the women of other cultures around the
world, including the people of Bhutan and the Kuna indigenous people of
the San Blas Islands of Panama.
Her paintings have become part of several museum permanent collections
and been the recipient of numerous national exhibition awards. She made
history in 1990 by being selected as the first woman artist in the
history of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Federal Duck Stamp Program
that was established in 1934, and her artwork became the design for the
1991-2 Federal Duck Stamp. In 2003 she was honored by Oil Painters of
America with the grand prize, the American National Award of
Excellence. She was the recipient of the Gold Medal at the OPA Eastern
Regional in 2009 and Award of Excellence in 2011. She has had work
juried into the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s international bird
and wildlife exhibitions since 1990 and in 2005 was honored as Birds in
Art Master Wildlife Artist. The artist also received the International
Masters Award and Patron’s Choice Award at the 2001 International
Masters of Fine Art Invitational in San Antonio, Texas. As an
invited artist for many years, Howe exhibited in the “Artists of
America” show at the Colorado History Museum in Denver, CO and the
“Great America Artists Exhibition” in Cincinnati Ohio.
Howe has been a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists since
1992, a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America since 2002, and was
named Master Signature member of OPA in 2013. She has been a
contributing artist in several art publications, including the 2001
Wildlife Art: Sixty Contemporary Masters and Their Work.
Tilting at Windmills Gallery
24 Highland Avenue
Manchester Center, VT 05255
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