Nancy Howe1950 -
Born: 1950, New Jersey
Nancy Howe was born in New Jersey in 1950. She inherited a love of the outdoors from her father, an active outdoorsman. An avid skier, she remained in the Northeast, settling on a small sheep farm in Vermont. Howe holds a degree in studio art from Middlebury College, and began developing her art seriously in 1988 from her rural studio, also in Vermont. She holds the distinction of being the only female artist to have ever won the Federal Duck Stamp contest.
Her oil paintings are often quite subtle, with a soft, refined quality of realism that emphasizes light and design. They span a range of subject matter from animals and birds to landscapes, still life, and figures. She has been a member of the Society of Animal Artists since 1992, a signature member of the American Academy of Women Artists since 1998, and associate member of the Oil Painters of America since 2002. Her paintings have become part of several museum permanent collections and received numerous awards from the Society of Animal Artists, the National Arts for the Parks Competition, and the American Academy of Women Artists (including best in show honors in the 1999 and 2001 annual exhibition). In 2003, Howe was the recipient of the grand prize, the American National Award of Excellence, from the twelfth annual exhibition of the Oil Painters of America.