Shelley Howard

Originally from Ohio, I hold a BFA in drawing and painting from Bowling Green State University and an MA in visual arts education from The University of Northern Colorado. As a retired art educator and curriculum leader in the Cherry Creek Schools, I have experience in both high school and college and often serve as an arts consultant to various organizations.

From the start my work has been inspired by the architectural landscape most recently in Colorado and New Mexico, but I strive to infuse an atmosphere of spirituality in all the works that reflects a sense of place. The interplay of the hard edge of architecture balanced with the random forms of nature allow a connection to be drawn with the paint in a very intuitive manner. I really enjoy plein air painting as my escape into nature and the spontaneity it inspires as a result of the every changing landscape. Additionally, inspiration is drawn from Abstract Expressionist artists such as Willem de Kooning along with a Fauvist use of color that is evident in the paintings. You can see some of the visual references in the spontaneous brush strokes of each artwork no matter what the media. Although I have work in oils, I currently use pastels and water media primarily in my studio which is located at Artists on Santa Fe, 747 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.


PHONE: 303-777-7786
ADDRESS: 419 N Washington St, Denver, CO


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