Raised 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.
He paints scenes of ranch life - with cowboys, horses and western landscapes. His paintings also depict the southwest and Native American life. He works with both oil and watercolors.
His work includes commissioned portraits of horses and their owners. He has done paintings for Quarter Horse racing breeders and owners in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas.
Joe also paints Colorado scenes for greeting cards. He produced a series on Vail and other Colorado locations.
In addition to his fine art work, Joe has been a commercial artist and an art director for corporations, advertising agencies and magazine publishers.
Joe’s formal training began at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He also studied under artist, John Jellico, at the Colorado Institute of Art. Joe noted that his painting style has also been influenced by his association with a group of Taos artists, known as the Taos Society Artists.
Joe has 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.
His paintings 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.
Joe continues to develop new approaches to his own painting techniques and said, “Your education never stops, when you are painting."