Jean Catherine Howard
I was born the second of four children to high school sweethearts in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After graduation from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism I signed on with Vista, Volunteers in Service to America and lived in the inner city in South Providence, Rhode Island.
Searching for my passion I worked in publishing in Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. but found my true calling in photography earning a masters in photojournalism from Ohio University. The Palm Beach Post hired me as a photo editor and photographer where I specialized in stories about people who needed a voice.
After marriage and adopting two special needs children my passion turned to art. I became a visual artist and worked at The Center of Creative Education and taught art at Sacred Heart School while raising our two adopted sons in south Florida.
Two years ago I began to draw and watercolor stories on recycled paper. I questioned: How am I tending to the enduring stories in my life? What is my “Rule of Life”? What in life moves me and why do I create art from those narratives? I found my art represents metaphors for life and reflects our human story: The poet who had been abused; the society matron flying her friends to Morocco; A boy catching toads for his neighbors; A teen migrating from Africa to the United States, etc. The work represents the funny, curious, courageous moments in life we hold we dear. I believe art heals. I hope my art encourages appreciation for our diversity and joy in our connection to each other.
Teaching and sharing in a creative way has been my true calling in life.
July 22, 2020