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As an abstract painter, Janake Howard’s work explores themes of connection, nature, and the inner essence of all things.
Howard grew up in Midcoast Maine, spent much time in nature, and developed a love for drawing and painting. She studied art at UMaine Orono under Vincent Hartgen and Michael Lewis, and holds a B.S. in Art Education. Post-graduate classes include studies under Leonard Craig and Kris Engman.
Working intuitively with acrylics, she engages with the painting as a dialog between the inner self and the color, texture, and form of the work – a constant back-and-forth process. Her painterly technique involves the use of thick application and layers of paint, scratching and revealing underlayers of color.
Howard has shown her work locally, regionally, and nationally. Recent exhibitions include Blackhole Gallery and Asymmetrick Arts, both in Rockland, Maine, as well as being a longtime exhibitor at Local Color Gallery in Belfast, Maine.
Examples of her work can be seen at LocalColorGalleryMaine.com.