Lari Tiller Howell ~ watercolor and watermedia artist
My father, an oil painter, taught me how to see with an artist’s eye. When I was a child he talked to me about things like light and shadows, or warm and cool colors. I can hear his voice again as I study and practice watercolor painting. I now watch the pigments flow into one another on the paper; and learn patience while waiting for the paint to dry so I can move on to the next step.
I started my adult life as a Respiratory Therapist, a problem solving occupation. That strong base in the sciences allowed me to learn the skills, and use critical analysis necessary to become self-taught in graphic design, with my first Macintosh SE in 1986.
When I first started painting I wanted to see and understand my world, and found a meditative peace in close, almost technical, drawing. That practice enabled me to develop skills to progress in my nascent style. I realized that seeing and recording too tightly was compromising the essence of what I want to paint. An artist is similar to a scientist that is constantly searching for answers, and, having gotten one, finds the next problem to solve. Each day presents a new challenge in the attempt to get my skills aligned with my imagination. And sometimes the struggle is to get my imagination “out there” enough to encourage learning new skills.
Moving from Seattle to San Diego, then to New Mexico, I am enraptured by the raw geology that is within reach here: torn earth, abraded mountains, exposed fossils — knit together by the clouds, the sun, the reflections and the shadows. Combine that beauty with the people of this area through their churches, ruins, petroglyphs and descendants, and I feel that this must be heaven.
Regarding the quality of my art, I use materials, paint, paper, matting and backing, that are the highest archival quality. I hope someday that my work will deserve such longevity.
On a personal note, I have Alopecia Universalis, an autoimune disorder that causes hair loss. Since I have found it easier to change my attitude than my hair, I usually
Rock My Bald!
Lari has been juried in to three galleries, presently showing at Yucca Art Gallery, Old Town Albuquerque.
Lari has been included in juried shows at NM Art League, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
She has taken several workshops with major watercolor artists such as Thomas Schaller, Jean Haines, and Ian Stewart among others.