Raised primarily in San Antonio, Texas, Phyllis Howard is a Pacific Northwest artist currently living in Burlington, Washington. She traveled extensively with her parents throughout the southern US and the Far East attending eight schools by her high school graduation. Her father’s military service provided her the opportunity to absorb a rich tapestry of visual information from many cultures.
Her initial foray into the world of paint and canvas began while living in Alaska where her first love was the work of Sidney Laurence and his huge landscapes of McKinley and all things Alaskan. She is primarily a self-taught artist who “learned to see” by reproducing copies of Laurence’s paintings in black and white. Later friends urged her to paint murals in their homes. She began exhibiting her work in the Pacific Northwest during the Skagit Tulip Festivals. She is a founding member of the Whatcom Art Market, a cooperative gallery in the Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Washington. Her work can be found in private collections across the country.
Phyllis is a widely versatile experimental artist who continues to grow and explore. Her work trends toward the bold and dramatic through use of transparent colors and tactile surfaces.