Me painting in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park

How did you get started and then develop your career?

Ellen Howard: I have always had a strong interest in art and was raised in a creative family – my family gatherings included musicians, artists, chefs, and cartoonists! However, it was not until my children were in elementary school that I had the chance to pursue artistic interests. I started taking art classes at a local art studio, then through the local community college, then as my passion continued to grow, I started attending workshops. I also got involved in curating exhibitions for a local museum and volunteering as one of the co-chairs for the California Art Club’s San Francisco Chapter. Now I serve as Vice President of Programs for CAC. As my interest and skills grew, opportunities to learn and meet other artists continued to expand – so now I regularly teach classes in oils and gouache and also lead plein air workshops. I am always open to trying new things and this attitude has helped me advance in my career.

To see more of Ellen’s work, visit:

oil painting of sunset over beach; trees in the background
Ellen Howard, “California Glow,” oil, 11 x 14 in. Accepted into the California Art Club’s Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. Painted along 17-mile drive in Carmel facing the gorgeous Cypress Point Club during sunset
oil painting of river flowing through trees; fall; mountain range in the background
Ellen Howard, “Interconnected,” oil, 16 x 20 in. Will be part of a group exhibition at the Holton Studio Gallery titled: “On the Threshold: Ellen Howard, Tia Kratter & Kim Lordier”



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