Joe Howard, Western Artist      

















Night Visitor   









Siesta Time








             Canyoncito, New Mexico











At Morning Light, Taos


The Day's Over        








                             Waiting for the Herd













Colorado Artist, Joe Howard Recreates The Flavor of the Old West in Oil and Water Colors








Joe Howard

Raised in the rolling hills of Oklahoma, Joe Howard grew up on a ranch and has always been inspired by the cowboy way of life and the beauty of the western landscape.

Joe paints scenes of ranch life, cowboys, horses and western landscape moods. His paintings also depict the southwest and Native American life. 

His work includes commissioned portraits of horses and their owners. He has done paintings for Quarter Horse racing breeders and owners in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas. 

He has also paints Colorado scenes for greeting cards and has produced a series on Vail and other Colorado locations. 

In addition to fine art, Joe has also been a commercial artist and an art director for corporations, advertising agencies and magazine publishers.

He emphasizes vivid western landscape colors with bold impressionistic brush strokes done in a traditional style. He paints in both oil and watercolors.

Joe’s formal training began at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He then attended the Colorado Institute of Art, where he studied under  artist, John Jellico. Joe’s painting style continued to be influenced through his friendship with Jellico and later by a group of Taos artists, known as the Taos Society Artists.

In 1961, Joe moved to 
Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he worked as a free lance artist. His studio there was located next door to one of Santa Fe’s most respected painters, Fremont Ellis, who became an influencing factor in Joe’s style and commitment to fine art.

Joe has participated in many shows and exhibitions throughout the United States, including: the C.M. Russell Show in Great Falls, Montana; Nebraskaland Days in North Platte, Nebraska; the Fine Arts Festival in Ponca City, Oklahoma and the Roof Park Show in Estes Park, Colorado, plus galleries in Santa Fe, Taos and Vail. His work was also introduced in Europe at the Oklahoma Western Artists Show in Mainz, Germany.

His paintings are owned by private buyers in the U.S. and by art collectors in Canada and as far away as Spain. His paintings have also become part of corporate collections.

Joe now lives and works in Estes Park, Colorado, where he enjoys and paints the beauty of the surrounding area, which borders the Rocky Mountain National Park. He teaches oil painting techniques at the Art Center in Estes Park and continues to develop new approaches to his own painting techniques. Joe says, “Your education never stops, when you are painting."

Joe has current showings in a number of galleries in Colorado and New Mexico, including, The Eagle’s Nest on Elkhorn Avenue, which is the main street in Estes Park, where he also can be seen working on current paintings.

Samples of his work also hang in the Art Center of Estes Park, which is located in Stanley Village, near the famous Stanley Hotel. He also has periodic showings in the lobby of the Stanley Hotel.

His paintings range in size from 16 x 20 to 30 x 40 canvasses. They areavailable framed or unframed.

Joe can be reached at his studio at: 970-577-1684. His email address is: