In her exhibition "Ebb & Flow" Ellen Howard explores the excitement and serenity of water, painting scenes from local marshlands and the ocean's coastal areas. She journeys deeply into the concepts of ebb and flow found within ideas, creativity and inspiration.
The oil painter presents finished works painted in plein air as well as works where she used plein air studies to paint much larger paintings in her studio. She is interested in representing water in representational as well as abstract form and explains her intentions as “I strive for my paintings to engage the viewer and evoke a sense of connection." She formulates her work "...to create a stillness that transports the onlooker to a tranquil space. Each painting is unique and an expression of that mood or energy expressed at that time.”
Sunset over the Headlands
Howard further explains about her work process: "I have become increasingly aware of the ebb and flow of my work as an artist. For me, artistic flow is having an optimal experience or being completely present and fully immersed in my painting process; distractions recede from my mind and I am fully open and attuned to the act of creating."
For more information about the artist's philosophy about flow, here is an article the artist wrote for Oil Painters of America last November.
Ellen Howard is a Co-Chair and Artist member of the California Art Club, San Francisco Region, member of the Salmagundi Club, a signature member of the Society of Western Artists (SWA), and the Monterey Plein Air Painters Association, a member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPs), the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), the American Impressionist Society (AIS), the Outdoor Painters Society (OPS), and the Plein Air Painters of Colorado, (PAAC).
Howard has also been juried into 107th & 108th Gold Medal Exhibition with the California Art Club, American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase 2018 & 2019, Featured Artist for Mendocino Plein Air Paint Out 2016 & 2018, “Best of America ”NOAPS national exhibitions 2016 and 2017. She has also received Honorable Mentions from the Capitola Plein Air Festival 2018, Frank Bette Paintout, 2018, Monterey Bay Plein Air Artists (MBPAA) and the CPAP Annual Exhibition in 2017, National Juried exhibitions include OPS 2015 & 2017, and PAAC 2017. She was one of 19 artists for the “Northern California Impressionism” exhibition at Peninsula Museum of Art.