Patrick Howe


At 15, Patrick Howe had his first one man show in the lobby of Oregon Savings Bank, in Portland, Oregon. As an adult, he graduated from the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon and went on to show his artwork throughout the region. At the same time, the artist was also employed at the Portland Art Museum as Head Preparator, which involved installing exhibitions in over 20 galleries. This gave him an intimate knowledge of many of the worlds most famous works of art.

In 1975, Patrick completed an art project for the Oregon Arts Commission. The following year, he moved to Colorado and continued painting. A short time later, the artist was selected by the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities (CCAH) to conduct workshops and classes throughout the State. He was also selected to be a member of the CCAH Chautauqua Tour which included 40 artists of every discipline (musicians from the Denver Symphony Orchestra, actors from the Denver Theatre, dancers from the Denver Opera). He held the honor of being the only visual artist that year to be chosen out of thousands of visual artist applicants. In addition to painting, Patrick has also lectured on the topic of art at Colorado State University.

The artist has exhibited his work in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and California, including group shows at the Denver Art Museum, the Portland art Museum, and a one man show at Loveland Art Museum, in Colorado.

Patrick is also an award winning graphic designer, producing branding, logos, calligraphy, and illustrations for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Nintendo, Weyerhaeuser, Boeing, Eddie Bauer, REI, and Princess Tours.

"I find that painting is a wonderful way of going deeper into the beauty of the present moment. While painting, time seems to disappear as forms take shape on the canvas. There is a deep sense of peace in the way I experience the creative process.

I hope it is evident to anyone looking at my artwork that I have a profound respect for nature, particularly as it is revealed in various qualities of light. Painting light in its various expressions has been a passion of mine from the beginning.

My approach is basically inspired by curiosity. As a young boy of ten the first painting that moved me was a reproduction of a Van Gogh painting I saw in a frame shop window. My first thought was ‘That is so beautiful!’ My second thought was ‘How can I do that?’ A good artist is inherently curious, I think. You’re hungry to learn, grow, and discover.

I primarily work in my studio, though I spend many hours in nature taking photos. There isn’t any aspect of paintings that I’m not interested in. All styles and techniques are interesting to me, and I explore many of them, incorporating them when I can into my painting. Therefore my personal painting method is a combination of many techniques."

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