I have been painting & illustrating in watercolour & pastel for over twenty years – yep I know I don’t look that old! I consider myself very lucky as not only was I raised in one of the most picturesque areas of the U.K (the Scottish Borders) but I have also lived in the Derbyshire Peak District and more recently have now settled in the Cumbrian Lake District. Due to this, inspiration for my atmospheric, richly coloured paintings has never been hard to find and landscapes were an obvious choice of subject for me.
I am passionate about helping people to appreciate the natural beauty of the country they live in and my paintings cover a variety of subjects from landscapes & seascapes to street scenes and can be found in galleries and private collections across the globe.
Recently I have started to work more and more in a large format so many of my paintings are full sheet (approx. 60 x 80cm) or larger which allows me more freedom for my loose expressive style which exploits the use of texture and colour to create dynamic, bold, atmospheric landscape paintings.
There seems to be a bit of a misconception that watercolour is some wishy washy sketch medium. Watercolour is most definitely not a sketch medium and when used properly is capable of producing large, bold & colourful images that will make a strong impact on any viewer. It is also not some lesser medium that is going to go away it is here to stay and the quicker the so called art critics get used to that the better for us all.
It is wrong that the very people who are supposed to inform the art buying public think that an inferior oil painting should be held in higher esteem and therefore priced higher than an accomplished watercolour painting produced by a skilled master of the medium. Fortunately astute collectors have already realised this and the prices are starting to reflect collector’s faith in the investment potential of high quality watercolours and when it comes down to it I place more stock in what my clients say than what any art critic says. A watercolour painting that has been produced with artists quality paints on high quality paper and framed properly (as all mine are) will look exactly the same in 100 years as it did the day it was painted – if that does not make a watercolour painting a good investment I don’t know what will!….
Greg Howard - That's me!...
Creator of all artwork, scribbling's, doodling's & rambling's contained on said website.
Painting at Art In The Pen Skipton
Greg Howard's watercolour landscapes convey his passion for the drama played out in nature: these are strong, confident images which combine colour and movement in a way that appeals to both traditionalists and those with a preference for the contemporary . - Country Images
Greg Howard is an exceptional watercolourist who presents landscapes in a dramatic form that explores the full potential of his medium. His appreciation of life in Derbyshire's hills & dales is evident in the images which he creates, offering viewers a fresh perspective and an opportunity to engage with the artistic experience. - Images Magazine
A self-declared impressionist, this artist places more importance on what is left out of the picture than what is included, inviting the viewer to make assumptions, draw conclusions and ask themselves questions. This approach adds a form of mystery and interest to the work that will re-engage the individual as it slowly reveals its secrets through multiple viewings and varying environmental conditions and angles.. - John Furniss-Wright