Austin Howlett is a New Mexico based surreal oil painting who specializes in dreamlike figure landscape imagery. Austin Howlett is a New Mexico based surreal oil painting who specializes in dreamlike figure landscape imagery.
- This painting is about the loneliness that many of us are feeling during these uncertain times. Our normal interactions with friends and family have been reduced and modified and this has affected our emotional wellbeing more than we realize. Some of us may be experiencing heightened anxiety or depression that makes us want to retreat away from other people even more than usual. We all cope with times of stress differently and that’s alright as long as we understand that deserve the love that is in our lives and that things will get better eventually.
- In all of my artistic practice, I strive to have a growth mindset in order to focus on improvement rather than perfection. When I’m in the studio I try to approach every new painting with a willingness to learn more about the painting process as well as a desire to learn more about myself. I try to be kind to myself by giving myself seemingly microscopic tasks when tackling a big project so that I can break it down into manageable pieces. When I want to create a new painting I try to keep my eyes only on the task right in front of me so that I don’t become overwhelmed by the scale of the project ahead.
- The woman in this piece has retreated away from people but she finds comfort in the nature that surrounds her. Visually the branches almost support the shapes and curves of her face, keeping her head up in a time of sadness. She has blended into her surroundings so that they may fill in her missing pieces and make her whole again
Oil on Panel x 9"x12"
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