Mandy Howe is an artist and art teacher from Rhode Island. Primarily a painter, her work often includes natural objects and collected things. She is a graduate of Boston University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Mandy has been teaching art for many years in both independent and inner city schools. As a Rhode State Council on the Arts Teaching Artist, she is currently working on several community installations at the Martin Luther King jr. Community Center as well as with staff and school children at Save the Bay Aquarium and Education Center in Newport.
Artist Statement 2019
Recently I have gone back to painting the landscapes around me. I walk every day and always take my iPhone as my camera, a small notebook and a Sharpie. I make notes and sketches as I go. I walk fast at first, and then I stand around to look at the fields and woods, composing paintings in my mind, or jotting down marks, lines or how to mix the colors I see. From these sketches and from memory I paint directly and loosely onto a canvas, expressing my responses to any given place – not aiming to represent it literally or in great detail- but in quick gestures and layers of paint. I collage and add people, birds, cows etc. to my paintings to represent in silhouette or simple shape their presence moving through a particular field or view.
Thanks to the Aquidneck Land Trust many of these fields and beautiful views will