about the STAA Abstract Show.

Excerpt from the article:

"... Howell, who was inspired by the hidden artistry of her grandmother while growing up in Nashville, spends her time using art as a connecting point with others. After studying art and human development at Samford University and obtaining a Masters in Art Therapy from Florida State University, she began using art to work with children and young adults at Daystar Counseling Ministries. When she's not working with clients, she creates her own pieces using primarily acrylic paint and the encaustic method.

Working in the abstract gives Howell "the feeling of freedom and finding another way for expression," she said. "It's the reason that I paint today. It's when I feel most alive. But the purpose for art in my life is not just for an avenue for self-expression. It doesn't stop there. My ultimate hope is that by inviting others in to see it, somehow they can be reminded of their own story and purpose through the stories I have shared on my canvases.

"I hope when people look at my work, they can think: 'I am not alone in this'I hope they will see a familiar emotion in a painting, and feel the courage to face it. When we connect that way, when we realize that we are not alone in the battle, that's when we find hope. That's when doors open," Howell said...." 

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