Al Fresco Plain Air Artist

John Patrick Howe

Page update June 25, 2008

John has returned to BC from his trip overseas. He was in Hawaii and Venice.

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"

Essaouira, Morocco

"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

"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:

Two Trees, Beacon Hill Park
"Two Trees, Beacon Hill Park"

Beacon Hill Park
"Beacon Hill Park"

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:

Hawaiian Fields #1
"Hawaiian Fields #1"

Hawaiian Fields #2
"Hawaiian Fields #2."

Hawaiian Fields #3
"Hawaiian Fields #3"

"I figure we are all learners," he says. He admires the paintings of the Welsh artist Frank Brangwyn, also Brian Johnson whose local watercolours
he particularly admires. John has a BA at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario, a MS in Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism in Columbia,
NY; and an MA in Economics at the University of Toronto. "I worked for the Bureau of Competition Policy for the Federal Government in Ottawa." They set about
injecting competition into the economic endeavours of the country and they performed a measure of de-regulation aimed at benefitting the economy as a whole.

John does sell the original paintings from his Plein Air Collection,
For further information as to how to buy these paintings call (250)920-4885 upon his return
or send an email message to

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