Kathy Falla Howard

Biography

“I was smitten by the dramatic beauty and mystery of the Sonoran Desert the minute I arrived, even as a young child, I knew I was somewhere special. Only beginning my art journey 10 years ago, it was born out of a desire to capture the beauty before me, especially with the immersive experience of plein air painting. More important than my academic training, I feel fortunate to have learned so much from some of the best artists and teachers in the country including Lorenzo Chavez, Kim Lordier, Jill Carver, Skip Whitcomb, Eric Merrell, Matt Smith and Phil Starke. Through these teachers I have discovered a true connection to the beauty of the landscape through plein air painting, or simply, painting outside, the thrill of capturing the light and consuming the beauty before me. To me, handling the pure pigment of pastels is fascinating and beautiful, offering the ability for delicate glazing creating a vibration of color not possible with other mediums.”
In 2019 Kathy’s work again was selected for the Pastel Journal, Pastel 100 Competition, this time winning First Place in the highly competitive Landscape category. Her work “Navajo Sandstone” will be featured in the April 2020 edition. Her work was selected to be a part of the prestigious American Impressionist Society Show, October 2017. Kathy was selected as an artist in residence for the National Parks at Hubble Trading Post National Historic Site in 2014 and the Petrified Forest National Park in 2013, living and working within the park, creating works for two weeks. Kathy’s work was selected and awarded Honorable Mention from the Pastel Journal magazine as a part of their 18th annual Pastel 100 Competition from over 2,000 entries. Her work was published in the April 2017 Issue of the Pastel Journal. Kathy resides and has studios in both Scottsdale and Prescott Arizona and teaches at the Scottsdale Artists School.

Kathy has received many awards and recognition from the various organizations she is a part of including

• Member of the American Impressionist Society
• Member of the Plein Air Painters of Arizona
• Member of the New Mexico Pastel Artists Association
• Member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico
• Member of the Arizona Pastel Artist Association, signature member
• Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado
• Member of the Red Rock Pastel Society of Nevada
• Member of the Pastel Society of Russia
Most Recent awards and shows
• 2021, Mile High International Pastel Competition, two accepted works
• 2021, Red Rock Pastel Society of Nevada , three works accepted
• 2021, The Pastel Society of Russia, Summer Show
• 2021, Award of Merit, Arizona Pastel Artist Association Open Spring Show
• 2020, Best Natural Light, Arizona Pastel Artists Association Fall show and sale
• 2020, First Place Landscape, 21st Annual Pastel 100 Competition and
publication in the Pastel Journal April 2020
• 2020, Honorable Mention in the Arizona Pastel Society National Show in Sedona
• 2020, FASO March Bold Brush Competition top 15% favorite
• 2020, First Place, Scottsdale Artists’ School “Best & Brightest show and Sale”
• 2020, Honorable Mention, Scottsdale Artists’ School “Best & Brightest show and
Sale
• 2019, First Place 21st Annual Pastel 100 Competition and publication in
the Pastel Journal April 2020
• 2019, FASO awarded Finalist in the Bold brush Competition
• 2019, FASO October Bold Brush Competition top 15% favorites
• 2019, Second Place Best and Brightest Fine Art Show and Sale at the
Scottsdale Artists School
• 2019, First Place winner “Emerging Artist” ArtMuse Contest
• 2019, IAPS, Selected for the International Juried Exhibition Web Show for the
International Association of Pastel Societies
• 2019, FASO July Bold Brush Competition top 15% favorites
• 2019, FASO May Bold Brush Competition top 15% favorites
• 2019, Arizona Plein Air Painters show and Sale at The Scottsdale Artists
School
• 2019, Sponsor Award at the Pastel Society of New Mexico National
Show at Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe, NM

Artwork to be Showcased