MMoA Artists Share: Howard Park

Howard Park teaches many adult classes and weekend workshops at MMoA’s KTJ Studios.

“My goal is to ignite human imagination and to stimulate thought and emotion by engaging the viewer in the landscape that I observed.

When I paint a painting, I am most interested in creating a design that will captivate the eye of the viewer and draw them into the painting. Color, form, and drawing are all important in conjuring my impression of reality. Adding all this to a structure of design, creating a unified expression of visual power.

I strive for accuracy and truth in my work, but not the truth of capturing every detail like in a photograph. Instead, I am interpreting what I see and using the paint to imply detail. This is a more impressionistic approach and I believe that it is a way to engage the audience because the viewer is collaborating with the artist by filling in the details with their own mind. In this way, they become a part of the art process.”


Recent Accomplishments

Howard Park and Lisa Miceli do a plein air demo in both oil and water.  They begin teaching their first class together at MMoA’s KTJ Studios February 3 – March 3, 2021.
Video by Jack Adam Miceli.


Howard was recently featured in an episode of a series called ‘Put Some Colour In Your Life’ by Alan James.


About the Artist

Howard attended the Masters of Fine Arts program at Tufts University and studies at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, and continued his studies in France at L’Ecole d’Art Decoratif de Nice, where he won a National prize in photography.

After a stint in the Merchant Marine, Howard returned to Boston to work as a photographer and Art Director, but the love of the sea eventually led him to Connecticut to manage a boatyard and raise a family. Ultimately, he realized his dream to sail around the world and paint. After restoring COMET, a 1946 Sparkman & Stephens 52’ yawl, Howard completed the circumnavigation in 2001.

Settling in Stonington, CT after his return from the voyage eighteen years ago, Howard owned and operated the Four Starr Gallery and Frame Shoppe located in the Velvet Mill in Stonington. Several years ago he handed the business over to his daughter-in-law, Sarah Park, (now called Stonington Gallery). He now owns, HGPark Fine Art, focusing on Conservation, Restoration and Appraisals of Fine Art, including: Original oil paintings, Works on Paper, Objects, Etchings, Murals and Antique Frames.

Howard teaches adult art classes at the Mystic Museum of Art, the Avondale Arts Center and the Ninigret Art Guild in Charlestown, RI, and gives workshops at the Community Center, Fisher’s Island, NY. Additionally, he teaches plein air painting to the Noank Nine, a group of painters who meet each week, year round. When not out in the field or teaching, Howard spends much of his time painting in his studio at the Velvet Mill. His modern-impressionistic oil paintings and watercolors, of landscapes and maritime scenes, is a portrayal of the things he loves.

Howard has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. He is an Elected Artist at the Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT and at the Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT. His works hang in galleries and private collections throughout the world, including: Avondale Arts, Avondale, RI; Arnould Gallery, Marblehead, MA; Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT; Louisa Gould Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA; the Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT; the Stonington Gallery, Stonington, CT; and The Gallery at Firehouse Square, New London, CT.