Ellen works primarily in oils and pastels. She loves plein air painting because it allows her to be outdoors, taking in all the beauty and diversity of the Northern California landscape. True enjoyment comes from painting the marshlands and highlighting areas along the Pacific Coast, capturing the light as it spreads across a scene. Color is very important to her and represents the abundance and richness of life. Her use of color shows vitality and reflects positive moments in time. Her goal is to brighten up a living space with her paintings.
Ellen has been a California resident for 20 years, but grew up outside of Boston surrounded by relatives who were artists. While at Syracuse University, she earned a B.S. in Business and a minor in art history then began her career in finance. It wasn’t her two children were older that she returned to her love of art and art history. She began taking art classes & workshops in 2010 and had the opportunity to study several noted artists including: Will Maller, Bill Davidson
& Jeanette LeGrue.
Ellen is an award winning artist and a Signature Member of the Society of Western Artists, NOAPS (National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society”, Laguna Plein Air Painters, Los Gatos Art Association, American Impressionist Society, Outdoor Painters Society, and the California Art Club.
Ellen is represented at Gallery 24, Los Gatos, CA Arnould Gallery, Marblehead, MA and
Unleashed Art Gallery, Redwood City, CA.
Her web site is www.ellenhowardart.com.
Northern California Impressionism, Peninsula Museum of Art, October 2017
Published in “Plein Air Magazine’s” October 2106 issue
“People Choice” Frank Bette Paint out, 2016
Featured Artist for Mendocino Plein Air Paint Out, September 2016
National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society: “Best of America” Exhibition, September 2016
Frank Bette Paint Out, August, 2016
66th Annual Society of Western Artist Exhibition, August, 2016
Monterey Bay Annual Exhibition, August, 2016
Laguna Plein Air Painters: “Welcome to Spring” Exhibition, April 2016
16th Annual American Impressionist Society Exhibition, October 2015
Signature Member, Society of Western Artists, August 2015
Frank Bette Paint Out, July 2015
Honorable Mention, Greater Bay Area Open Exhibition, August 2015
Los Gatos Plein Air Competition, June 2015
Plein Air Southwest Salon, April 2015
2nd Place Los Gatos Art Association Annual Exhibition, November 2014
Frank Bette Paint Out, July 2014
3rd place, Society of Western Artists 64th Annual Exhibition, June-August 2014
The Caldwell Gallery “Inspirations in Oil,” May-June 2014
Unleashed Art Gallery “Abstract Traditions,” March-April 2014
Triton Museum of Art: "2013 Statewide Painting Competition", Dec-Feb. 2013-2014
Debra Huse Gallery: "Holiday Treasures Exhibition", Dec. 2013
3rd Place “April/May Exhibition” Society of Western Artists, 2013
1st Place “Winter Exhibition” Society of Western Artists Dec/Jan 2012-2013
1st Place “Small Works Exhibition” Society of Western Artists Oct/Nov. 2012
Annual Exhibition Los Gatos Art Association Nov. & Dec. 2012
“Scapes Exhibition” Pacific Art League October 2012
“Through the Lens: Nature Interpreted” Filoli Gardens July-Oct. 2012
Published in “Gentry Magazine”, August 2012 edition
82 Annual Statewide “Landscape Color & Light” Santa Cruz Art Association, June & July 2012