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Artist: Ellen Howard

Time for Wine
Title: Time for Wine
Description: Oil
Media: Painting
Size: 8 x 8
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2019  Showings

wheelchair accessible

May 4 - 5 , Site: 1
Peninsula Museum of Art/ Museum Studios

1777 California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010


About Ellen Howard

Ellen has been a California resident for 20 years but grew up outside of Boston surrounded by relatives who were artists. After earning a B.S. in Business and a minor in art history from Syracuse University, she then began her career in finance & venture capital. It wasn’t until her two children were older that she returned to her love of art and art history. In 2010, she was introduced to plein air painting and started taking classes and & attending workshops. She has had the opportunity to study several noted artists including: Will Maller, Bill Davidson, and Jim McVicker.

Ellen works primarily in oils studying landscape and marine subjects on location allowing her to be outdoors, taking in the nuances, beauty, and diversity of Northern California. True enjoyment comes from painting the marshlands and highlighting areas along the Pacific Coast, capturing the light as it spreads across a scene.

"I strive for my paintings to engage the viewer and evoke a sense of connection, create a stillness that transports the onlooker to a tranquil space. Each painting is unique and an expression of that mood or energy expressed at that time”. Ellen Howard

Ellen is an Artist member and Co-Chair of the California Art Club, San Francisco Region, a signature member of the California Plein Air Painters (CPAP), Society of Western Artists (SWA) and Monterey Plein Air Painters, a member of the Salmagundi Club, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPs), Oil Painters of America (OPA), the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), the American Impressionist Society (AIS), the Outdoor Painters Society (OPS), and the Plein Air Painters of Colorado. (PAAC). Ellen has been juried into 107th Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club and the American Impressionist Society’s Small works exhibition in 2018, “Best of America” NOAPS national exhibitions 2016, 2017. Ellen was a featured artist in the Mendocino Plein Air Event (MOPO) in 2016 and 2018 and won “Best Water Scene” in MOPO in 2017. She has also received Honorable Mentions from both the Frank Bette Paint Out, and Capitola Paint Out in 2018, Monterey Bay Plein Air Artists (MBPAA) and the CPAP Annual Exhibition in 2017, National Juried exhibitions include CAC & AIS 2018, OPS 2015 & 2017, and PAAC 2017. She was one of 19 artists for the “Northern California Impressionism” exhibition at Peninsula Museum of Art.

Ellen’s work has been showcased in the October issue, 2016 of Plein Air Magazine and the September 2017 issue of Art Collectors magazine.

Ellen is represented at Gallery 24, Los Gatos, CA (408)354-4530
Arnould Gallery, Marblehead, MA and (781)631-6366

Her web site is

Juried Exhibitions
California Art Club “A Journey through Central California”, January 2019
Salmagundi “Tom Thumb” Exhibition, January 2019
Studio Gallery, “Tiny & HUGE”, November 2018
Honorable Mention, Capitola Plein Air, November 2018
Salmagundi Club Member, August, 2018
Featured Artist, Mendocino Plein Air Paint Out, 2018
Honorable Mention, Frank Bette Paint Out, August 2018
107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club
AIS, Annual Small Works Showcase, March 2018
SF California Art Club Exhibition, “Art between the Lines”, April 2018
Artist Member, California Art Club, December 2017
Signature Member of Monterey Plein Air Painters, November 2017
“Art & Nature”, Forest & Ocean Gallery, Laguna Plein Air Painters ‘Association, November 2017
“Best Water Scene”, Mendocino Plein Air Competition, September 2017
NOAPS, “Best of America”, October 2017
Plein Air Painters of Colorado Annual Exhibition, September 2017
Signature member, California Plein Air Painters, August 2017
2nd Place, Greater Bay Area Open Annual Exhibition, June 2017
Society of Western Artists Annual Exhibition, June 2017
California, The Golden State, LPAPA, June 2017
Honorable Mention, MBPAPA Annual Exhibition, May 2017
Honorable Mention, California Plein Air Painters, April 2017
Outdoor Painters Society “Southwest Plein Air Salon”, April 2017
Northern California Impressionism, Peninsula Museum of Art, October 2017
Published in “Plein Air Magazine’s” October 2106 issue
“People Choice” Frank Bette Paint out, 2016
Featured Artist for Mendocino Plein Air Paint Out, September 2016
National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society: “Best of America” Exhibition, September 2016
Frank Bette Paint Out, August 2016
66th Annual Society of Western Artist Exhibition, August 2016
Monterey Bay Annual Exhibition, August 2016
Laguna Plein Air Painters: “Welcome to Spring” Exhibition, April 2016
16th Annual American Impressionist Society Exhibition, October 2015
Signature Member, Society of Western Artists, August 2015
Frank Bette Paint Out, July 2015
Honorable Mention, Greater Bay Area Open Exhibition, August 2015
Los Gatos Plein Air Competition, June 2015
Plein Air Southwest Salon, April 2015
2nd Place Los Gatos Art Association Annual Exhibition, November 2014
Frank Bette Paint Out, July 2014
3rd place, Society of Western Artists 64th Annual Exhibition, June-August 2014
The Caldwell Gallery “Inspirations in Oil,” May-June 2014
Unleashed Art Gallery “Abstract Traditions,” March-April 2014
Triton Museum of Art: "2013 Statewide Painting Competition", Dec-Feb. 2013-2014
Debra Huse Gallery: "Holiday Treasures Exhibition", Dec. 2013
3rd Place “April/May Exhibition” Society of Western Artists, 2013
1st Place “Winter Exhibition” Society of Western Artists Dec/Jan 2012-2013
1st Place “Small Works Exhibition” Society of Western Artists Oct/Nov. 2012
Annual Exhibition Los Gatos Art Association Nov. & Dec. 2012
“Scapes Exhibition” Pacific Art League October 2012
“Through the Lens: Nature Interpreted” Filoli Gardens July-Oct. 2012
Published in “Gentry Magazine”, August 2012 edition
82 Annual Statewide “Landscape Color & Light” Santa Cruz Art Association, June & July 2012