Full Artist Bio

“What I learn about myself and how to make sense of my life through painting is as important to me as creating something beautiful and original.  I have learned not to fear following a painting when it leads me on a different path than the one I originally designed for it. There is always something wonderful to be discovered at the end of that detour. What is manifest in nearly all my art is a quietude and peacefulness that seems to pervade even the most dynamic of my painting compositions – of nature, people, animals, birds, and “still” life. No doubt this is a way of living and being I wish for myself and for those who view my paintings.”

About the Artist
Nancy Howe is a self-taught artist who began developing her art seriously in 1988 from her rural studio in Vermont. Her paintings in oils exhibit a refined quality of realism often described as suffused with light, exquisitely textural, and having a quiet presence. Her unique treatment of the subject matter, which spans the range from animals and birds, to landscape, still life, and figures, is created through thoughtful compositions, strong design and the expression of light.

In 2007 Howe created a fundraising project, “Painting a Brighter Future for Women”, in partnership with The Boma Project www.bomaproject.org. The project is a series of original oil paintings of the native pastoral nomadic people of northern Kenya, and fine art giclee prints from these images, the sale of which supports women in these communities. In 2011 the project was expanded to include additional painting series to benefit the women of other cultures around the world, including the people of Bhutan and the Kuna indigenous people of the San Blas Islands of Panama.

Her paintings have become part of several museum permanent collections and been the recipient of numerous national exhibition awards. She made history in 1990 by being selected as the first woman artist in the history of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Federal Duck Stamp Program that was established in 1934, and her artwork became the design for the 1991-2 Federal Duck Stamp. In 2003 she was honored by Oil Painters of America with the grand prize, the American National Award of Excellence. She was the recipient of the Gold Medal at the OPA Eastern Regional in 2009 and Award of Excellence in 2011. She has had work juried into the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s international bird and wildlife exhibitions since 1990 and in 2005 was honored as Birds in Art Master Wildlife Artist. The artist also received the International Masters Award and Patron’s Choice Award at the 2001 International Masters of Fine Art Invitational in San Antonio, Texas. As an invited artist for many years, Howe exhibited in the “Artists of America” show at the Colorado History Museum in Denver, CO and the “Great America Artists Exhibition” in Cincinnati Ohio.

Howe has been a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists since 1992, a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America since 2002, and was named Master Signature member of OPA in 2013. She has been a contributing artist in several art publications, including the 2001 Wildlife Art: Sixty Contemporary Masters and Their Work.

TRUE NORTH

TRUE NORTH

Nancy Howe
Price: $18,000
Medium: Oil on Linen
Size: 22" x 36"

Nancy has created a mystical and insightful view of a saami reindeer camp in an Arctic village. Harmony prevails.

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FRANK CONVERSATION

FRANK CONVERSATION

Nancy Howe
Price: $16,800
Medium: Oil on Linen
Size: 28" x 22"

Last summer and fall we were enjoying regular visits to our farm from a red fox my husband nicknamed “Frank”. I imagined a painting composition with a group of our resident crows swooping in to harass this fellow, raucously scolding and bombing him on the wing. Laid out and blocked in, the painting languished on the easel through the holidays. Come winter, as the painting unfolded, so did the sense that the spreading new virus was not going to pass us by or leave us unchanged or unscathed. I came to view the title as referring to all the conversations that would, by necessity, play out across the spectrum of American life. Governments, employers/employees, partners and family members would now have to confront with new urgency their own and other’s behavior. It had become vitally important to consider how matters might be improved/mitigated by meeting the new challenges with equitable, helpful, and compassionate behavior, or how they might be made worse by reactive, selfish, or negative ones. Isolated in nuclear groups, people needed to be meticulous in the ways they communicated and got along with each other. Honest conversations that may have been easily avoided before were now unavoidable.
An air of turmoil and darkness in the piece was accomplished by the compositional movement created in the gesture of the fox, the flight of the birds, the stormy sky, and the patterns in the wind-whipped grass. To balance this vigorous movement, a sense of harmony was achieved using curved patterns that were repeated throughout and by working with predominantly two paint colors, ultramarine blue deep and transparent oxide red. The clear blue open space in the sky at the intersection of the fox and crows was intended to represent a “clearing of the air” and the positive outcomes that can result from having these frank conversations.
The painting will be featured in the 2020 Birds in Art show at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI this coming September.

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UNDULATIONS

UNDULATIONS

Nancy Howe
Price: $12,000
Medium: Oil on Linen
Size:  20" x 32"

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MOUNTAIN AYRE

MOUNTAIN AYRE

Nancy Howe
Price: $15,500
Medium: Oil on Linen
Size:  18" x 24"

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JUST BEGINNING

JUST BEGINNING

Nancy Howe
Price: $10,000
Medium: Oil on Linen
Size:  14" x 24"

Another hazy, beautiful study of wildlife from Nancy Howe.

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IN MINOR KEY

IN MINOR KEY

Nancy Howe
Price: $
Medium: Oil on Linen
Size:  12" x 18"

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OOMINGMAK ON THE RISE

OOMINGMAK ON THE RISE

Nancy Howe
Price: $18,000
Medium: Oil on Linen
Size:  20" x 30"

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BREATHING ROOM

BREATHING ROOM

Nancy Howe
Price: $
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Size:  10" x 14"

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CLOSING THE DAY

CLOSING THE DAY

Nancy Howe
Price: $5,000
Medium: Oil on Linen
Size: 14 x 22 

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KINTSUGI

KINTSUGI

Nancy Howe
Price: $18,000
Medium: Oil on LinenS/N Lim. Ed. Bronze
Size: 14 x 18 

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SHINING THROUGH

SHINING THROUGH

Price: $ SOLD
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Size: 25 in. x  31 in.

Innocence at it's best by a highly awarded artist.

 

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QUEEN ANNE’S LACE

QUEEN ANNE’S LACE

Price: $ SOLD
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Size: 21 in. x  28 in.

An exceptional rendition of a lovely young lady nestled in a "Queen Anne" setting with the delicacy of an award winning artist.
 

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LEAP YEAR

LEAP YEAR

Price: $15,000
Medium: Oil on Belgian linen
Size: 24 in. x 18 in.

  A favorite viewed in Tilting.  Who does not love rabbits!?

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MOUNTAIN AYRE

MOUNTAIN AYRE

Price: $ 15,500
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Size: 18 in. x  26 in.

What a great addition to the gallery from Nancy Howe.  Her rendition of the Himalayan Tahr, a type of mountain goat, is a custom framed piece that has already issued many flattering comments by recent visitors.
 

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BOUNTIFUL

BOUNTIFUL

Price: $ 2200
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Size: 8 in. x  10 in.
 

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THE TREASURE YOU ARE

THE TREASURE YOU ARE

Price: $
Medium: Oil on Belgian linen
Size: 22 in. x 16 in.

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THE SUBLIME

THE SUBLIME

Price: $
Medium: Oil on Belgian linen
Size: 24 in. x 18 in.

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THE GLINTING

THE GLINTING

Price: $
Medium: Oil on Belgian linen
Size: 28 in. x 20 in.

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TENDER REFRAIN FIRST BORN

TENDER REFRAIN FIRST BORN

Price: $24,000
Medium: Oil on Belgian linen
Size: 26 in. x 18 in.

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SPRING TO LIFE

SPRING TO LIFE

Price: $
Medium: Oil on Belgian linen
Size:
18 in. x 24 in.

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OF A SECRET NATURE

OF A SECRET NATURE

Price: $
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Size: 30 in. x 21 in.

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MINDS INNOCENT AND QUIET

MINDS INNOCENT AND QUIET

Price: $ 12,000
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Size: 24 in. x  17 in.

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INTO THE WIND

INTO THE WIND

Price: $ 25,000
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen
Size: 20 in. x  40 in.

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GRACE NOTE

GRACE NOTE

Price: $
Medium: Oil on Belgian linen
Size: 26 in. x 21 in.

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