"Drawing can be the most direct way of bringing what is in the mind on to a chosen surface. I enjoy the sheer spontaneity of drawing. I strive to take hyperrealism further, developing ways to include a narrative, charm and emotion into a drawing. I never want to leave it void of 'personality'."
Born in Houston, Texas, one of the most colorful cities in the U.S., J. Howard works diligently to combine a love for helping others with a love for artistic expression. Recognizing that color is important in the food we eat; the clothes we wear; our homes; our cars; and even our pets – she points out that “there is a great deal more to color than what meets the eye because it communicates.” Classically trained in oils at a very young age, she remained focused on drawing and 2D animation; eventually going to work for the studios. It was there that she developed a more intense love for tricking the eye of what it sees with hand-drawn images in Hyper-realism.
J. Howard utilizes the intricate detailing of hyper-realism to present images through organic soft pastel drawings on canvas. She believes that as an artist, she must delve beyond just recognizing the colors present for their inherent qualities but, also incorporate them in such as way that each drawing goes beyond the natural depth of field for a photographic quality. There is a strong desire to ignite emotion and provoke thought as not only an artist but, as a therapist by using art as a therapeutic stimulant for communication to reach a deeper level of healing. Coupled with an even deeper desire for detail, it is obvious in her work that the goal is to reach the viewer through what is represented in her unique style. As 2017 National Emerging Artist selection; 2018&2019 American Art Awards Winner; 2018 International Illustration Award; and 2019 Best of the Best, her work has received many more awards in, both, national and international arenas and has been published often. Currently, a JHoward collection is featured in Art Reveal Magazine. Please visit organicpastels.com to learn more.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist