It is the power of the image to engage, excite, inspire and transfix that fascinates me. 

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As an artist, I try to create an opportunity for the viewer but also try to get out of their way to allow for a personal experience with the image.


Marianne Howard studies the power of visuals images, in all forms, conceptual and literal, intentional and organic, to communicate and transcend cultural barriers.

Her inspiration may come from the stitching of Peruvian prayer cloths or a footprint left behind in mud, ancient cave markings or contemporary street graffiti, the beauty of the natural world or the effects of man’s intrusion upon it.

Often the faces of the amazing people she meets around the globe find interpretation through her drawing, painting and especially her fine art photography.

For Marianne, laying color on canvas or framing an image in the viewfinder, is dually an act of creation and meditation as she seeks to communicate the essence of her subjects through her works.

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Marianne Howard is an artist who finds inspiration for her work through the pursuit of her passions, including the institutional investment business, food, wine, and global travel. Extensive travel throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia, has allowed Marianne to explore the power and cultural transcendence of visual images. Among her journeys, a month long trip to Myanmar in 2001 led to her 2003 exhibit, “Focus on Burma (Myanmar): Photographer’s Treasures from the Collection of Marianne Howard”, featured at The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas.

Marianne studied drawing, painting, printmaking and photography at Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Her work has been exhibited and published nationally and is held in private collections internationally. Additionally, she holds certificates from The Court of Master Sommeliers and The International Sommelier Guild and is also a certified wine educator by The Wine Academy of Spain. An active community supporter, Marianne is a frequent conference panelist and guest speaker.

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Global Spring

Evoking feelings of renewal, hope, and the potential for good in the world, Global Spring, was created to benefit CARES Foundation, an international organization dedicated to helping those affected by the rare genetic disorder, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)....