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Phyllis Howard

ArtXpressions by Phyllis Howard

Burlington, WA

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Phyllis' work is exhibited year round at the Whatcom Art Market located in Bellingham's historic Fairhaven district at 1104 11th Street, Bellingham, WA (Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm).

Artist Biography
Raised primarily in San Antonio, Texas, Phyllis moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2002 and currently lives in Burlington, Washington. As a child she and her parents lived in many of the southern United States and countries throughout the Far East. As a result, she attended eight schools by her high school graduation. Her father's military service provided her the opportunity to absorb a rich tapestry of visual information from many cultures.

Phyllis loved drawing even as a very young child but her initial foray into the world of paint and canvas began as an adult while living in Alaska. Her first love was the work of Sidney Laurence and his huge landscapes of Mount McKinley. She is primarily self-taught and "learned to see" by reproducing copies of Laurence's paintings in black and white. She prefers painting large and friends urged her to paint murals in their homes.

She began exhibiting her work in the Pacific Northwest in 2006 and has exhibited regularly in group shows and private venues since. She is a founding member of the Whatcom Art Market, a cooperative gallery in Fairhaven, Washington. Her work can be seen in local venues and regularly at the Whatcom Art Market.

Phyllis works in a variety of media and styles. She excels in graphite and color pencil, normally producing photo realistic works featuring wild animals. In her vibrant and dramatic, experimental mixed media work, she creates texture by incorporating acrylic mediums, specialty papers, and "bits" (jewelry, hardware, wire, etc.) to produce appealing tactile surfaces. She layers transparent washes so previous hues shine through to the surface, providing rich saturated color.

"I'm a devotee of acrylics! I love them because they allow me to paint in the windows of time when I can. With a very busy household, stealing away to my studio for just a few moments to apply another coat or attach another thing and leave it to dry as obligations call me away, gives me the ability to create in spite of time limitations. Using acrylics also allows me to be free to explore, try, fail, or just change my mind."

Awards & Exhibits:
Raspberry Festival Exhibition, Jansen Art Center 2015
Spring Exhibition, Jansen Art Center 2015
Tri-Dee Arts Supplies, Mt Vernon, WA Spring/Summer 2015
1st place, mixed media, Art by the Airport 2014
Skagit Valley Regional Clinics exhibitions 2014
Skagit Valley Regional Clinics exhibitions 2013
Solo show, Anacortes Majestic Hotel 2013
Solo show, Anacortes private venue 2013
1st place, mixed media, Burlington Art Walk 2013
Solo exhibit, Burlington City Hall 2010

"Art is the colors and textures of your imagination." ~Meghan, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999

You can find my work on display year round at the Whatcom Art Market located in Bellingham's historic Fairhaven district at 1314 Twelfth Street, Bellingham, WA (Open Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm). Prints of my artwork are also available in a variety of sizes through Fine Art America.

I create art as an imaginative outlet, often to capture either a design or color or some visual expression. I frequently see something that sparks an interest and the process begins. Recently someone mentioned they were looking for paintings in black and white of trees and that triggered an idea. I love trying out new pieces and new techniques.

I work with graphite almost daily. It is such a simple, familiar medium and I sketch whatever catches my imagination and on anything including envelope backs and napkins. In my process, I usually make multiple sketches prior to beginning the actual piece trying out different compositions and light sources. When I have decided on a composition, I make a final sketch on graphite paper scaled to the dimensions of the support. Many of my graphite pieces have been completed while relaxing, watching TV in the evenings. Animals are usually my subjects for graphite work and I enjoy adding a splash of color as the artist in me gets to decide where to add it, thereby transforming a piece from an illustration into an artistic rendering.

Working with color pencil is similar with the exception that I consider the colors needed, how to attain those colors, what type of application is needed to achieve the effect. My preference is to use very saturated colors since I like vibrant shades. I want my color pencil pieces to have enough depth of color that it appears to be a painting rather than a drawing.

My paintings are done in acrylic. I am a devotee of this most versatile medium and use it like watercolor or as a heavy impasto and all types of applications in between. Again my paintings begin with sketches on paper and then the composition is transferred to a canvas, board or wall in the case of murals. In my textural collages I love using transparent colors laying them down keeping the translucent quality so light appears to glow through the color.

Currently I am using thicker paints, incorporating acrylic mediums and gels into my work and developing a freer style which is becoming even more fun. I am enjoying creating more abstract work with a great deal of texture and am foraging into "wall sculptures."

As an artist I continually grow and morph and explore. That is the great beauty of art - you never arrive but continue developing.

Jansen Art Center ~ Lynden, WA Feb - Mar, 2015
Whatcom Art Market ~ Bellingham, WA on-going


"Art is the colors and textures of your imagination." ~Meghan, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999