Howard Carr (1944-2021)


Howard Carr is a Vietnam Veteran. After serving his country in the military, he earned an art degree at Chouinard Art School and a fine arts degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts. While honing his skills in drawing and fine art, he earned his living painting signs, doing billboards, and graphic work in Boulder, Colorado. His contributions to the art world are numerous. He has authored and illustrated many articles for art and other leading magazines. His national and international instructional workshops are in continuum. Howard's impressionistic oils reflect, clarity and simplicity, ultimately his artistic strengths. He is always experimenting with color and subject matter. He loves artistic drama, the excitement of dynamic lighting, and sees paintings everywhere he looks! "Finding fresh inspiration has never been a problem for me, because I don't dissipate energy in competitiveness or seeking approval. It's an on going quest to perfect what I love most, painting and of course the wife and cat. I believe this is why I have a good collector base. I work hard at making my technique, color, and feeling seem simple by focusing on the important parts of the painting." The impressionistic paintings of Howard Carr feature vibrant color and flamboyant brushwork. According to the artist, "Capturing the effects of light is what painting is all about." Carr's pursuits, prior to his career as a landscape painter is quite intriguing. As a teen, Howard Carr with his all-American look became a highly versed young actor who performed in various top television shows. After high school Carr attended Chouinard Art School where he studied illustration and cartooning, and later received two degrees from California College of Arts and Crafts. Over the next twenty years Carr worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and sign painter in both California and Colorado. Employing thick, confident brushstrokes in oil, Carr's paintings are lyrical, passionate and spontaneous. The artist most often works on location, first painting a small field sketch in oil focusing on mood and light, which he supplements with color snapshots and slides. Later, when Carr has returned to his studio, he'll use a combination of sketches and slides to create a larger work. Carr is also a gifted painting instructor. He and his artist wife Betty conduct classes across the country during the summer months and at Scottsdale Artists School in winter.


  • Jan/Feb, 1996, Focus Magazine “The Arts”, “Fresh Color and Dramatic Light,” pp. 44-47, Santa Fe, NM
  • 1995, Award for Excellence, Top 100 Paintings, Art for the Parks Competition, National Park Academy of the Arts, Jackson, WY


Early Stroll 2
This Way
Fall run Off
Cliff Side Reflections
End of the Day
On The Move
Rose Alley/ Canyon Road
High Road Village
Warming Up
Winter Run Off
Hope You Are Not Hungry
All the Way to Santa Fe
Seasons Change
Fresh Trout
The High Road to Taos
Morning Mist
Lilac Lane
Allyway Collection
Snow Shadows SOLD
Rush Hour SOLD
Winter Stroll SOLD
Warmed By The Sun SOLD
High Road To Taos 2 SOLD
Santa Fe Side Streets SOLD
Runoff SOLD
River Bend 2 SOLD
Passing Through SOLD
Back Home SOLD
Follow the Sun SOLD
Chama Runoff SOLD
Snow and Sun SOLD
River Spirit SOLD
Morning Stroll SOLD
Nature's Rhythm SOLD
Seasons Approach SOLD
Happy Family SOLD
Coffee and Beans SOLD
Star of the Show SOLD
Secret Meeting SOLD
Warming Up SOLD
Through the Meadow SOLD
Nature Trail SOLD
Early Stroll SOLD
Growing Valley SOLD