J. Howard has always been an artist. Her artistic journey began when she was a child in Houston, Texas, showing an early talent for drawing and painting. In junior high and high school, she studied art privately and became an art undergraduate at the University of Houston. In graduate school she studied animated art and the mechanics of visually aided learning while working in the graphics and film industries. She is acclaimed for her vitality of colors, strength of composition and variety of subject matter. She creates vivid animated characteristics in every subject matter. Her talent expands into painting colorful landscapes, vibrant still life, life-like portraits with an amazing understanding of storytelling. Recently, she has come full circle, returning to her love for drawing in soft pastels that have won her honors.
Howard was selected as permanent member of the Southern Artist Group in 2016, a unique group of diverse talent representing the southern states of the U.S. She was selected to be one of 10 women chosen for a national show at the Custom House Museum in Clarksville, TN entitled “Women Painting Women”. She is the recipient of numerous top awards, including Hunting Art Prize Finalist , National Emerging Artist 2017, International Phtotorealist 2017, and Platform Artist of the Year Finalist. Her solo exhibitions in galleries and museums include Sowing Off at the Factory Gallery 2016, a one-person retrospective in pastel paintings at the Saulsbury Gallery in 2017, Western Art Museum Kerrville Featured Artist 2019, NAVE Museum of Art Resident Artist in 2020, and a retrospective of graphic expression in pastels at the Custom House Museum in 2020.
Widely published in books and magazines nationally and internationally, which include Art Reveal, Art Ascent, Art Quench and Pastel Art, J. Howard originals are also represented in many corporate and private collections. Her work ranges in size from small 6x6" to 36x 50".