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 2016 , National Emerging Artist 2017, International Phototorealist 2018, Platform Artist of the Year Finalist 2018, American Art Awards 2018 & 2019, Cowboy True Artist Best of Drawing 2018, and Western Art Rodeo Association Featured Artist to name a few. Her solo exhibitions in galleries and museums include The Factory Gallery 2016, the Saulsbury Gallery in 2017, The Forum St. Charles 2018, The Gift of Art Exhibit Michigan Medical Main Corridor 2019, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2018, Western Art Museum Kerrville 2019, Edom Art Emporium 2019/2020, Albuquerque Cancer Survivor Gallery 2020, NAVE Museum of Art Resident Artist in 2020, and 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".