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Canadian Wilderness: Art by Catherine Howard

An acrylic painting of a fox in the snowFox "Sionnach", acrylic on cradled board

Orangeville, Ontario-based artist Catherine Howard creates acrylic paintings of animals and Canadian wilderness. The artist’s style emphasizes texture and fine detail – thin layers of paint create a look that one might mistake for pastel or pencil crayon.

An acrylic painting of a moon over a lighthouseMoon Rise Love Song, acrylic on canvas

I appreciate the way Catherine’s textural style is used in rendering furry animals and forest creatures. In paintings of foxes, racoons, or birds, there’s a sense that each individual hair or feather has been carefully created with a tiny brush. I also really enjoy the way Catherine’s style translates into landscapes – these works have the atmosphere of classical illustration, and some of them would be well-suited as book covers.

A screen capture of Catherine Howard's painting websiteCatherine's portfolio website,


Each scene is rendered in even detail, and the inclusion of architectural structures and occasional human figures lends a narrative sense to the works, as if they represent moments in a greater story. Many of the landscapes are specifically winter or autumnal, adding to a sense of solemn intrigue.  

A painting of a child and a dog on a wooded pathA Walk in the Woods, acrylic on cradled board

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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