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