Hyper Realism

“I find that my identity is literally submerged in the beauty, colors and concept of hyper realism and how I can incorporate water and/or superimposition.” - the artist

In His Image, 2019, soft pastels, 16 x 32 inches, $1200

In His Image, 2019, soft pastels, 16 x 32 inches, $1200

My artistic goal has always been for my art to be an expression that, hopefully, invokes emotion within the viewer. My inspiration comes from personal observations.

Up For More, 2018, soft pastels, 18 x 24 inches, $1800

Up For More, 2018, soft pastels, 18 x 24 inches, $1800

As I strive to best represent my own personal character, my mission is to illustrate the beauty of God around us as it is reflected in the presence of water or other images.

Depths of Faith in Things Unseen, 2019, soft pastels, 16 x 16 inches, $1100

Depths of Faith in Things Unseen, 2019, soft pastels, 16 x 16 inches, $1100

But my identity lives outside of that which hyper realism can create, but in what can intensify and thrive within the very rapid heartbeat of color and its infinite spectrum of vibrancy. Color can help to facilitate and fulfill some very basic human needs.

Drinking Time, 2019, soft pastels, 16 x 16 inches, $700

Drinking Time, 2019, soft pastels, 16 x 16 inches, $700

Color can identify and specify necessary objects for survival and/or enjoyment; stimulate and work synergistic-ally with all the senses; mark territory and manage personal space; symbolize abstract concepts and thoughts; express fantasy and wish; create illusions and ambiance; emphasize or camouflage figures or objects; enhance self-image and personal esteem; produce an aesthetic response.

Festival, 2018, soft pastels, 16 x 16 inches, $900

Festival, 2018, soft pastels, 16 x 16 inches, $900

Most important, the use and arrangement of color enables us to create beauty and harmony and express our personal taste, by doing so, provide us with a sense of accomplishment.

Wild at Play, 2019, soft pastels, 24 x 36 inches, $3200

Wild at Play, 2019, soft pastels, 24 x 36 inches, $3200

About the artist:

J. Howard has always been an artist. Her artistic journey began when she was a child in Houston, Texas, showing an early talent for drawing and painting. In graduate school she studied animated art and the mechanics of visually aided learning while working in the graphics and film industries. She is acclaimed for her vitality of colors, strength of composition and variety of subject matter. She creates vivid animated characteristics using the hyper realistic styling developed in the 1960’s combined with superimposition.

Howard was selected as a permanent member of the Southern Artist Group in 2016. She was one of 10 women chosen for a national show at the Custom House Museum in Clarksville, TN.She is the recipient of numerous top awards, including Hunting Art Prize Top Finalist receiving a Purchase Award,, National Emerging Artist 2017, International Photorealist 2017, Best Of Show Cowboy True 2017, 5 time American Art Award 2017, ACA Gallery Award and Purchase Award 2017, Western Art Rodeo Association 2018, Western Art Rodeo Gallery Award 2018,, and Platform Artist of the Year Finalist. Her solo exhibitions in galleries and museums include Showing Off at the Factory Gallery 2016, solo exhibit Emerging Artist 2017 St. Charles, a one-person retrospective in pastel paintings at the Saulsbury Gallery in 2017, Western Art Museum Kerrville Featured Artist 2019, Gift of the Arts Featured Artists Ann Arbor 2019, NAVE Museum of Art Resident Artist in 2020, and a retrospective of graphic expression in pastels at the Custom House Museum in 2020.

Widely published in books and magazines nationally and internationally, which include Art Reveal, Art Ascent, Art Quench and Pastel Art, J. Howard originals are also represented in many corporate and private collections. Her work ranges in size from small 6 x 6 inches to 36 x 50 inches.

To view more work by the artist, please visit organicpastels.com. You may also follow the artist on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/docjhoward, as well as Instagram @organicpastels.


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