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Helen Howerton

 
Tulsa, Oklahome

Artist's Statement

My paintings reflect a personal response to the natural world.  Impressions of wildlife and birds are captured in oil or acrylic medium on canvas or paper.  The study of animal behavior, along with extensive travel to nature preserves and national parks and painting in pleinaire, brings ‘life’ into each composition.  Working from my own reference photographs and experiences while creating field studies often inspire paintings that ‘tell a story’.

Since early childhood art has been an evolutionary unfolding.  The first oil painting at age 8 was a forest scene with a pathway.  There were no animals or birds in this first attempt.  My career as a fine art painter has focused on featuring wildlife in their natural environment.   Often, the eyes appear to follow the viewer in my realistic renderings.  They speak volumes without uttering a sound.

Recent images have also included western figures and commissioned celebrity entertainers.  It is a continuous part of the evolutionary journey as an artist.

Creating art is a way of expressing my awe of the world of nature.  My goal is to share the beauty that inspires me with those who enjoy the wonders around us.


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"Welcome Visitor"

Oil on canvas

The beautiful red cardinal lives year-round in Oklahoma and is welcome to visit our yard anytime. 

Dimensions: 8"H x 10"W
$500 framed
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"Sunlit Moment"

Oil on canvas

The opportunity to photograph cattle on an Oklahoma working ranch was exciting.  I couldn't resist capturing this calf on canvas as the sunlight was fading.

Dimensions: 12"H x 16"W
$1,100 framed
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"Forest Dweller"

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

The wolf has a mystical place in our American heritage.  In early frontier days the native Americans revered the wolf, in present times, the ongoing debate over the value of wolves continues.  Seeing them in the wild is unusual as they are reclusive and hunt primarily at dusk.  Witnessing their presence at the edge of the forest in Yellowstone inspired this painting.

Dimensions: 8"H x 10"W
$450 no frame required
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"Cabernet Sunset"

Acrylic on canvas

A solo exhibition of my work at the Title School Vineyard of Oklahoma in 2007 inspired this painting of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers ( our State bird) in the Cabernet Franc vineyard.   The image now appears on two wine labels featuring the vineyard's first two grape harvests.

Dimensions: 16"H x 12"W
$1,100 framed
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