How did you get started and then develop your career?
Ellen Howard: I grew up in a house that appreciated the arts and I was very curious as a child. These attributes led me to being open to take my first oil painting class much later in life. I knew after my first painting class that this was the path for me. I continued to take additional classes, attend workshops and volunteer in art organizations. I was excited to meet new people and learn as much as I could about painting. I served on several Curatorial Committees and as one of the co-chairs for the San Francisco Chapter of the California Art Club (CAC) and currently as VP of Programming for CAC. As I became more and more proficient in my skill level, I began teaching weekly painting classes and plein air workshops. This balance between creating my own art and teaching helped me to develop even more as an artist. My work began being accepted into more exhibitions and competitions, and my sales steadily increased. My attitude of trying something new and getting out of my comfort zone enabled me to grow in my artwork and has evolved into a beautiful art career.
What is the best thing about being an artist?
Ellen Howard: There are many things that are great about being an artist. One of the best things is sharing your passion with others. I love to teach painting and it is very gratifying to me when a student begins to understand a new concept and I feel I have helped them on their artistic journey. I love when students immerse themselves in their art and leave behind their worries. Another wonderful thing about being an artist is the work itself, just creating. To have the freedom to express myself through my work and have others appreciate it.
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