When I see beautifully shaped elements in the natural landscape come alive by dramatic light it makes my heart sing, whether a rock, tree, or an immense vista. Light is the miraculous key that makes undistinguished things become magnificent and affects color in stunning ways. I work primarily in oils. My paintings explore the relationships of symbolic elements in the landscape and how light, color, and interesting shapes create emotional responses.
Western landscapes are generally richer in these elements. When I first saw the Grand Canyon I wanted to understand it and its great variety of color and structure. After studying geology I was ready to meet its complexity in the language of painting. I lived there for four years in order to know its beauty intimately. I now live in New Mexico for the same reason. Abundance of beauty.
Award-winning Western landscape painter Brenda Howell’s main focus has been representational landscapes that reveal wild—untamed—visually rich places. It is no wonder she lives in Glorieta, New Mexico, amidst mountain views and rocky cliffs.
The love of making art began with the inspiration and guidance of her mother, who was a painter and art teacher. Howell has won awards from many national and international exhibitions including Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Salon International, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, and Art Renewal Center. She was featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s Artists to Watch in 2013.
Given a solo show and guest instructor residency at Pearce Western Art Museum in Texas in 2010, Howell was also chosen by the National Park Service as Artist-in-Residence at Badlands National Park. Her work resides in the permanent collections of both institutions and is in private and corporate collections throughout the country. She is represented by Hueys Fine Art in Santa Fe.