I began signing my acrylic and watercolor paintings jspHoward in 2008 after many years away from the brush when life got in the way of painting. It started when I found myself facing an awkward empty wall space in my newly remodeled home in Vancouver, WA. By coincidence a three foot square canvas fit perfectly! But plain white has never been satisfying to me so I splashed some red acrylic paint on it before our open house.
I then decided to do more with this project and since I had never painted big or with acrylic I enrolled in Susan Cowan’s aqua media class through Clark College. Color! Fun! Techniques! Inspiration! Aah, I was back in the groove again! From that restart of picking up my paint brush I have taken classes through Clark’s Mature Learning and Continuing Ed programs. I have been inspired by national artists who have done workshops in our area. I especially appreciate the artists of Clark County who are so talented and eager to share what they see and sense and experience.
“Everyone should have original art in their homes and work spaces!” I quote RRHoward. It reminds us to stop, to consider our soul, and that life is so much more. I am a fan of beauty and want to encourage people to do art. Doesn’t matter how it turns out, just do it and put it out there for people to experience. So that is one reason I am a member of Gallery 360 where I show my work. I became a member and Board member of Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, and have shown my work in various locations in the Clark County area, and won a couple ribbons. My work hangs in homes and businesses from Canada to Arizona.
People ask me how long I have been painting. My answer is “always.” From the time I could pick up a crayon I have enjoyed color and images. I thought at one time I would be a textile designer but practicality took over and I went into administration and early childhood education. Now, finally, I am letting the many colors and images flow onto paper and canvas, and getting to share them through exhibits and shows. I love color, every color! So I hope you will follow me on the web and Facebook to see how this artist evolves in the years ahead: jsp Howard