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Howard Carr

When artist Howard Carr leads down the garden path, don’t be afraid to follow wherever his paintings draw you. Carr is considered a master of color. His palette entices with a remarkable appetite for color and light. Employing thick, confident brush strokes in oil, his painting are lyrical, passionate and spontaneous.


Howard Carr boldly expresses the mood of the moment in oils. Howard Carr earned an art degree at Chouinard Art School and a fine arts degree from the California College of arts and crafts.


"Nothing inspires me more than light," says Carr. That could mean any kind of light on any subject or scene; capturing the effect of light is what it’s all about-thus creating a mood people can relate to. In his paintings this does not always mean dramatic, bright contrast; it could just as well mean a dull fog across a valley. Carr tries to study the hidden colors and values present in nature (and may add a few from his own imagination), but rather than doing that in a complex way, he tries to present the color and mood simply by focusing on the important parts of the painting; the essence of the light and color.


Educational Background

Chouinard Art College, Los Angeles, CA

California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA – M.F.A.

Shows and Awards

  • Numerous One-Man Art Exhibitions, nationally and internationally, 1986 to present

  • Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ, 1995 to present

  • Artist/Participant, Beaux Arts, Scottsdale Artist’s School, Scottsdale, AZ, 1995 to present

  • Artist, Lecturer, Demonstrator, Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA, 2009 to present

  • Peppertree Invitational Art Show, Santa Ynez, CA, 2001 to 2008

  • Sedona Plein Air Festival, Artist/Participant, Sedona Art Center, Sedona, AZ, 2004

  • Cover Artists Participant, Art of the West, Western Digest, 1997

  • Oil Painters of America Invitational, Southwest Show, 1995 and 1996

  • Fit to be Framed, Phoenix Art Museum International, Phoenix, AZ, 1995

  • Art for the Parks (Award for Excellence – Top 100 Paintings) Jackson, WY, 1995

  • Out of Your Gourd Invitational, Santa Fe, NM, 1992 to1995

  • Art MCMXCI, The Rotary Club of Amarillo Art Exhibition, Amarillo, TX, 1992




There is so much to share with you about Howard's greatness. He was a fantastic, very inspiring artist, teacher, husband, and family man.

His passion for cooking was also an art and he just loved to create incredible dishes in the kitchen.

His dry, absolutely funny, sense of humor was enjoyed by all who came in contact with him.

He loved to camp, hike and found inspiration for drawing and painting from observing God's light all around the world-- a Master in painting light.

He served with distinction in Vietnam. He earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

Child actor, great fly fisherman, loved sports and just great friend to all.

To watch him paint, with his loose, painterly and impressionistic

brushwork was just magical to observe.

He loved Jesus Christ and attributed his great success to God. Many folks that were fortunate to study with him as well as collect his work will agree--he was the best. He is truly missed. His many books, articles and writings will continue to teach many. His memory as well as his paintings will continue to inspire many for years to come and into the future.


His adoring, loving wife, Betty

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