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Raised as a third generation commercial fisherman in Washington Harbor on Isle Royale, Howard worked hard as a young man harvesting trout and herring from the cold waters of Lake Superior. These early impressions and experiences provided inspiration for his later educational pursuits ... completing studies at the Minneapolis School of Art and the University of Minnesota.
He spent 25 years in commercial art before returning to the terrain of northeastern Minnesota in the late 1970’s. He lived alone in the woods for three years practicing his painting techniques and reclaiming his connection to the environment of his youth.
In 1980, Howard settled in Grand Marais where he has been painting and writing ever since. Howard works primarily in watercolor and oils either on location or in his Grand Marais studio and is known for his landscape scenes of the North Shore, Isle Royale, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.