Page update June 25, 2008
John Howe was born in Montreal. After his father became interested in painting, John began too "I started shortly after he started."
John's main approach is to paint whatever part interests him in the first place (centre of interrest) - then he works around that spot,
mostly looking for a flat perspective so that one's eye is kept to the actual surface of the painting and seldom goes to the far distance
An example of this is his "Essaouira, Morocco"
John is interested in DESIGN, "I flatten the space" he says. "That's the trend I find in the work of the Impressionists. I don't ALWAYS
flatten but a 3-D painting is so old-fashioned." Another example of his DESIGN approach to painting is his "Sardine Boats, Morocco:"
"Sardine Boats, Morocco."
He spends his springs and autumns painting in oils in Spain and Morocco. He has also painted in pastels in the West Indies.
In summer he prefers working in the glorious sunshine of the Saanich Peninsula:
John Patrick Howe's other countries in which he has painted include Scotland (where his mother was born), Barbados, the Dominican Republic
and France. He prefers a non-regimented scene where CHAOS reigns supreme and he finds that the laid-back cultures are becoming more and more
organized and regular which doesn't suit his choice of subject matter. Yet he finds that painting in the studio helps his plein air work and
the lessons learnt during his outdoor work helps him marshall his thoughts whilst painting works specifically in the studio.
The next three paintings are recent works done in Hawaii:
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