Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard | Tutor at Tuscany in the Frame Italian Workshops

Ellen is recognized for her tranquil and peaceful landscape paintings. Her paintings reflect the beauty that is found in nature. Growing up in New England in an artistic family, Ellen was always inspired by the arts. It was only after her career in Finance, a move to Northern California, and after her kids began elementary school that she got the opportunity to pursue her desire to create. She is passionate about evoking mood or emotion in her paintings. True enjoyment comes from capturing the light as it spreads across a scene. Some of her favorite subjects are marshes, areas along the Pacific Coast, vineyards, and incredible skies at sunset and before or after storms.

Ellen is an Artist member and Co-Chair of the San Francisco chapter of the California Art Club. Ellen has been juried into the 107th & 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibitions (California Art Club) and the American Impressionist Society’s Small works exhibition in 2018, “Best of America” NOAPS national exhibitions in 2016 and 2017. Ellen was a featured artist in the Mendocino Plein Air Event (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) 2017.

Ellen had two “solo exhibitions” in 2019 at the Mendocino Art Center in July 2019 and the Peninsula Museum of Art in September 2019.  Ellen’s work has been showcased in Plein Air Magazine and American Art Collectors Magazine. Several of her articles have been published by Outdoor Painter as well as Blogs by Oil Painters of America.

Ellen teaches weekly oil painting classes at Art Attack in Burlingame and plein air workshops throughout Northern California and writes a monthly art newsletter.


Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Its landscape, artistic heritage and stand-out cities – first among them Florence – make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist of international tourism. In this region, nature has many different facets, starting from the coast that alternates long and sandy beaches, like the Versilia beach, with rocky cliffs and steep headlands. The islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, a crystal-clear sea and rich seabeds, are peerless.

You can admire sceneries of uncontaminated nature in the Apuan Alps and in several protected areas, such as the Orbetello Lagoon, home to many species of migrant birds, including pink egrets.
However, the most typical sceneries of the region are those that merge the beauty of nature with the millenary work of man. The amazing Gulf of Baratti and the sites of Vetulonia, Vulci and Pitigliano guard necropoli and vestiges of the Etruscan civilization, while Roselle and Cosa evoke memories from the Roman Age.

Medieval villages, historical towns, castles and defense systems, country churches (the so-called pievi) and beautiful abbeys, like the one of Sant’Antimo, are scattered all over the territory and their profiles stand out in the landscapes of the Crete Senesi, Orcia Valley, Garfagnana, Chianti and the Maremma.
Finally, Tuscany is full of spas: Montecatini, Saturnia, Montepulciano, Monsummano and Bagno Vignoni, which offer relaxing holidays thanks to their thermal waters and well-equipped facilities for all types of treatments.