Abstract figurative painter Ane Howard talks about her art

Ane Howard is a self-taught painter who describes her style as a "Abstract Figurative Expressionist painter." Using deconstructed form born out of the expressionist movement, bold paint brush and contrasting hues of colors, she aims to imbue each brushstroke with meaning to evoke moods, emotions, and ideas. We have conducted an interview with Ane about her art.

As part of your oil paintings collection 'The Diver Collection', how unique is your process, your style and the choice of the medium on creating the movement, pose, colors of the body, sky, and water?


To paint with oil is to slow down and appreciate what has come before us and take the time to what may appear ahead of us. The Masters used oil and it's been around for thousands of years. That's partly the appeal to me, and so is it's buttery consistency and texture. I like that oil painting has such a long history in the story of humanity and that it moves much slower than the rest of the modern world and as a medium, allows for reflection, unlike for example acrylic. Acrylic is harsh and fast, it's plastic. The pause in oil painting is what appeals to me. When I paint one of my diver I think about she must be feeling at that stage of the dive. I also look at timelessness. My figures don't look like 2019 models, the proportions are elongated or muscular or strangely positioned and sometimes they look more like fruits than women. I use colors and geometry to express the mood and to make the viewer look at them in ways that we may not have looked at before. Traditional standards of beauty are of no interest to me.