My first Art Gallery was in Tulsa, OK circa 1997, and it was titled "Mother Tongue" The Gallery of Life. I wasn't an artist at the time, rather an ex jock, football player and coach who wanted a new life, Mother Tongue gave me that life. That journey lasted two years, but the Art Gallery taught me who I was and I decided to move to Los Angeles to start my own journey as an abstract painter and photographer.
In my first studio (my brothers garage) I found my color sensibilities, I explored paint, and textures on uncommon and found objects. I recycled canvas and it wasn't until two years later that I stretched my first. Without a formal art education, I was free to explore art "my way" and felt able to truly express what art was to me learning my mother tongue.
Over the next 10 years I have found work as a graphic designer, teacher, carpenter, and bartender, while moving from east to west coasts. Always creatively working to supplement my passion and in each town, my studio's evolved, and I found more finish as an artist. Organically I picked up a digital camera and started exploring art through the lense.
In 2007, I went back into football working a 4 year hitch with the Atlanta Falcons as a NFL Scout. Retired again from football and 15 years after "Mother Tongue", my first exploration of art, I am getting back to doing what I am truly passionate about... being creative and being an artist. Today I am very glad to be following another dream of being an artist in Taos, NM and am the Engineer of "the Howell Creative"