Paint, pattern & play
Katrina Howarth’s still lifes, landscapes, and interiors are created with a playful combination of illustration and painterly design, with colorful prints and patterns added for a pop of texture. Each composition is enhanced by the artist’s ability to gracefully harmonize hues and imbue her paintings with sights and sentiments she holds dear, particularly those from her childhood growing up in the British Isles. Rose-filled, sunny English gardens, gray-blue Scottish skies, and cozy nights huddled around the family fire are just a few of the joyful memories that remain in her heart and art.
Howarth received her bachelor’s degree from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Today she splits her time between Galveston and Austin, TX. She has been selling her artwork in Santa Fe, NM, for the past 20 years and considers Canyon Road—where one of her galleries, Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art, is located—to be another memory lane in her life. “I remember walking down Canyon Road with my portfolio as a young art-school graduate, so determined to succeed,” she recalls. “It’s humbling to walk that road on the other side of those dreams today.”
In addition to her fine-art career, Howarth is equally passionate about her other role as the mother of three daughters, and she hopes her approach to life and art inspires her children. “I want them to be content with who they are and follow their dreams,” she says. “I encourage them to not give up, even though it may take a while. And, like a painting, stand back and look at the whole picture. Enjoy the journey—go with the flow, smile, and have fun!” –Allison Malafronte