Phyllis Howard is a widely versatile experimental artist creating pencil, acrylic, and mixed media works. Her art trends toward the bold and dramatic through use of transparent colors and tactile surfaces. Her styles include realistic drawings of animals in graphite and color pencil focusing on eyes, highly textured acrylic abstracts, acrylic landscapes, mixed media works using found objects and stacked canvases, and cut canvas pieces. She traveled extensively with her parents due to her father’s military service which provided her the opportunity to absorb a rich tapestry of visual information from many cultures. A lifelong creative, she won awards during her school days for her drawings. Her initial foray into the world of paint and canvas began while living with her husband, son and daughter in Alaska where her first love was the work of Sidney Laurence. At the urging of friends, she painted murals in their homes. Upon moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2002 she began exhibiting her work during the Skagit Tulip Festivals. She is a founding member of the Whatcom Art Market, a cooperative gallery in the Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Washington. Her work can be found in private collections across the country.