in the rolling hills of Oklahoma, Joe Howard grew up on a ranch and has
always been inspired by the cowboy way of life and the beauty of
the western landscape.
Joe paints scenes of
ranch life, cowboys, horses and western landscape moods. His
paintings also depict the southwest and Native American
includes commissioned portraits
of horses and their owners. He has done paintings for Quarter
Horse racing breeders and owners in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri
He has also
paints Colorado scenes for
greeting cards and has produced a series on Vail and other
In addition to fine
art, Joe has also been a commercial artist and an art
director for corporations, advertising agencies and magazine
vivid western landscape colors with bold impressionistic brush
strokes done in a traditional style. He paints in both oil and
formal training began at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He
then attended the Colorado Institute of Art, where he studied
under artist, John
Jellico. Joe’s painting style continued to be influenced through
his friendship with Jellico and later by a group of Taos artists,
known as the Taos Society Artists.
1961, Joe moved to
Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he worked as a free
lance artist. His studio there was located next door to one of
Santa Fe’s most respected painters, Fremont Ellis, who became an influencing factor in Joe’s style and commitment to
participated in many shows and exhibitions throughout the United
States, including: the C.M. Russell Show in Great Falls, Montana;
Nebraskaland Days in North Platte, Nebraska; the Fine Arts
Festival in Ponca City, Oklahoma and the Roof Park Show in Estes
Park, Colorado, plus galleries in Santa Fe, Taos and Vail. His
work was also introduced in Europe at the Oklahoma Western Artists
Show in Mainz, Germany.
are owned by private buyers in the U.S. and by art collectors in
Canada and as far away as Spain. His paintings have also become
part of corporate collections.
now lives and works in Estes Park, Colorado, where he enjoys and
paints the beauty of the surrounding area, which borders the Rocky
Mountain National Park. He teaches oil painting techniques at
the Art Center in Estes Park and continues to develop new
approaches to his own painting techniques. Joe says, “Your education never
stops, when you are painting."
has current showings in a number of galleries in Colorado and New
Mexico, including, The Eagle’s Nest on Elkhorn Avenue, which is
the main street in Estes Park, where he also can be seen working
on current paintings.
Samples of his work also hang in the Art
Center of Estes Park, which is located in Stanley Village, near
the famous Stanley Hotel. He also has periodic showings in the
lobby of the Stanley Hotel.
paintings range in size from 16 x 20 to 30 x 40 canvasses. They
areavailable framed or unframed.
can be reached at his studio at: 970-577-1684. His email address