Ellen Howard

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 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.