ELLEN HOWARD, fine art
Ellen has been a California resident for 20 years, but grew up outside of Boston surrounded by relatives who were artists. After earning a B.S. in Business and a minor in art history from Syracuse University, she then began her career in finance and venture capital. It wasn’t until her two children were older that she returned to her love of art and art history. In 2010, she was introduced to plein air painting and started taking classes and & attending workshops. She has had the opportunity to study with several noted artists including Will Maller, Bill Davidson and Jim McVicker.
Ellen works primarily in oils studying landscape and marine subjects on location allowing her to be outdoors, taking in the nuances, beauty and diversity of Northern California. True enjoyment comes from painting the marshlands and highlighting areas along the Pacific Coast, capturing the light as it spreads across a scene.
"I strive for my paintings to engage the viewer and evoke a sense of connection, create a stillness that transports the onlooker to a tranquil space. Each painting is unique and an expression of that mood or energy expressed at that time.”
– Ellen Howard
Ellen was a featured artist in the Mendocino Art Center’s Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO) in 2016 and 2018, and won “Best Water Scene” in MOPO in 2017. She has also received Honorable Mentions from both the Frank Bette Paint Out and Capitola Paint Out in 2018, Monterey Bay Plein Air Artists (MBPAA) and the CPAP Annual Exhibition in 2017, National Juried exhibitions include CAC & AIS 2018, OPS 2015 & 2017, and PAAC 2017. She was one of 19 artists for the “Northern California Impressionism” exhibition at Peninsula Museum of Art. Ellen teaches weekly oil painting classes at Art Attack Fine Art Studio in Burlingame and workshops at the Mendocino Art Center and Filoli Gardens, Woodside, CA.
Ellen’s work has been showcased in the October 2016 issue of Plein Air Magazine and the September 2017 issue of Art Collectors magazine.
Ellen is represented at Gallery 24, Los Gatos, CA (408)354-4530 and Arnould Gallery, Marblehead, MA and (781) 631-6366