Oil painter Judith Howells grew up in eastern Pennsylvania surrounded by beautiful, yet rapidly disappearing open land.  She received a BA from Wilson College where she was first introduced to plein air painting.

After graduation she worked as an art educator in public schools and for the Newark Museum.  She earned an MA in printmaking from Montclair State University.

 Her landscape  paintings depict places close to her home (since 1991) in Pacific Palisades, CA, and of Martha's Vineyard, MA,where she has spent part of every year since 1979. She also paints still lifes from direct observation in her studio.

 Her smaller landscapes are plein air works completed on site, as rapidly changing light dictates working quickly and directly. Her larger paintings are more thoughtfully planned in the studio, more introspective pieces informed by her smaller studies.

 "My work is most definitely about change, both of time and place, but I am not overtly preaching environmental issues.  I do consciously select rather solitary places, often overlooked spaces where land is vulnerable to man's encroachment.  I want that sense of solitude and vulnerability in my work.  I also seek it in my still lifes. My approach to painting requires a process of introspection to extract the essence and to abstract overwhelming detail in order to convey a certain resonance.  Though my style of painting is realistic, it is derived through a process of subjective scrutiny."

AB Fine Arts (Art History and Studio) – Wilson College
Graduate Study in Education – Smith College
Graduate Study in Drawing and Design – The George Washington University
MA Fine Arts (Printmaking) – Montclair State University
Other Studies
Art Student's League
Montclair Art Museum
Private study in oil painting
Landscape workshops
Gallery Representation
Gayhead Gallery - 32 State Road Aquinnah, MA 02535, 508-645-2776
Schomburg Gallery, Bergarnot Station Arts Center – 2525 Michigan Avenue E3A, Santa Monica, CA 90404, phone: 310-453-5757
2016 Aire MV Show, Old Sculpin Gallery, Edgartown, MA
2015 Aire MV Show , Former Beadniks Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA
2014 Aire MV Show, Vineyard Haven, MA
2010 Paintings by Judith B Howells" Beveled Edge Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
2010 "A Sense of Place", One Person Show, Bogigian Gallery, Wilson College , Chambersburg, PA
"Local Color" – Schomburg Gallery, Jan. 8 - Feb. 2, 2005

T.A.G., The Artist's Gallery – "En Plein Air", Jan. 27 - Feb. 14, 2004
Debbie’s Bistro – Beverly Hills CA     2002
Graduate Show, Deep Bite Etchings – Gallery One, Montclair State University 1977
Group Exhibitions
"Snow Comes to LA" 1/05-2/05, T.A.G. The Artists Gallery – Santa Monica, CA
"Summer in LA" 7/04-8/04, T.A.G. The Artists Gallery – Santa Monica, CA
"The Best of Our Spring Collection" 3/04 - 5/04, The Arroyo Collection
"Fleurs de Vie", The Arroyo Collection, Spring 2004
"Fall Treasures", The Arroyo Collection – South Pasadena CA   Fall 2003
"It's a 10", T.A.G. The Artist's Gallery – Santa Monica, CA   2003
"Group Representational Show", T.A.G. The Artists Gallery – Santa Monica, CA   2003
"Gift Wrapped", T.A.G. The Artist's Gallery – Santa Monica, CA   2003
Winter Studio Collection, The Arroyo Collection – South Pasadena CA   2003
Lozano’s Restaurant – Sierra Madre CA    2002
The Arroyo Collection – South Pasadena CA   2002
Holiday Show, Seattle Academy of Fine Art – Seattle WA  1994
“Catherine’s Circle”, The Korby Gallery – Cedar Grove NJ  1990
Parkway Artist Studios Group Exhibition    1990
Pastel Show, Studio Gallery – Montclair Art Museum  1989, 1990, 1991
Annual Pastel Exhibition, The Pen and Brush Club – NYC   1988, 1989, 1990
Oil Painters of America
The Impressionist Society
Artist Statement
The creative process and the making of images have always been part of my life, both as an artist and formerly as an art educator. Fundamental to my painting is a search for beauty which I find in direct observation. A strong personal interest always leads me to my subject matter. I do not attempt to paint literally or to precisely describe, but I try always to paint truthfully. I look for the essence of the subject and explore in paint those things which have a special resonance. My paintings are intimate in perception and explore a realism which is both objective and subjective.


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