London based British artist Louise Howard has been painting ever since she can remember. Having refined her practice over the past 20 years, her current body of work is focused on the human form. Paying particular attention to the face, Louise paints this area through a realist lens, enabling her to capture a stillness of beauty, melancholy And strength. The rest of the body exists in a semi-abstracted state. Here, luscious and painterly brushstrokes build up form and texture. A neutral palette of cream, grey and peach with the odd pop of pink and blue aid these opposing styles to effortlessly blend together. Louise’s paintings are subtly energetic and raw; there is an intimacy between her subjects and the viewer.

I work in oils and strive to highlight the human condition in my works, exploring the subject matter as an object of stillness and beauty without being attractive in the conventional sense. I pay particular attention to the face with the intention of capturing the subtle fragility of my subject. Much of my work is painted in detail whilst also hosting abstract, broader strokes in the same piece. This juxtaposition of fine verses modern art combines my preference for both styles.

There is no explicit story behind my works. I wouldn’t want there to be. The subjects I paint aren’t models. They’re just normal people”.

Louise has shown her work in group and solo exhibitions in London, California and Australia. Her work is held in private collections across the world.