I opened my first art gallery n Tulsa, OK in 1997, "Mother Tongue" The Gallery of Life. I wasn't an artist at the time, an ex jock, football player and coach who wanted a new life, Mother Tongue (native language) gave me that life. The journey lasted two years, supplemented by bartending gigs and being a bike mechanic at the local bicycle shop. The Art Gallery taught me who I wanted to become, and I decided to move to Los Angeles to start my own journey as an abstract painter and photographer.
In my first studio , which was in my brothers garage, I learned about my own color sensibilities. I explored the paint, and textures on uncommon and found objects. It was two years later, that I stretched my first canvas. Without a formal art education, I was free to explore art my way and enjoyed the "not knowing" process. I was able to truly express what art was to me and learn my own mother tongue.
In the next 10 years I found work as a graphic designer, teacher, carpenter, and bartender, while moving from the east to west coasts. In every town, my studio's evolved, and I became more finished as an artist. At the same time I found a digital camera and started exploring images through a lense. Recently 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", I am going back to what I am truly passionate about... being creative and being an artist. Today I am the Resident Artist and Owner of "the Howell Creative" in Taos, NM.