Howard Behren's Biography Continued:
...Expressionist, I paint fast while the passion for the painting is very strong. For me, the paint is the subject matter just as much as the image. I love the juicy chunks of color that I can translate to canvas with my palette knife.” For the past 25 years, Howard Behrens, the world’s most renowned palette knife artist, has had a romance with the sun. From the idyllic lakes of Italy to the intimate gardens of New England, the artist has danced with her, chased her, seen her in her many different moods.
Traveling is like an aphrodisiac in Behrens’ romance with the sun. During his travels, he has seen the way the ever-changing kaleidoscope of light and shadow changes how a place looks and feels from hour to hour. Often, the artist sits and waits for these moods to present themselves to him. Behrens says the sun has taught him to be patient, to observe, and to play. The artist says his excitement continues to peak as he plans each new trip –whether it’s a return to a place he has painted over and over or whether it’s a new adventure in a land unknown.
Behrens has had over 150 one-man shows from coast-to-coast since becoming a professional artist in 1980. His works have been on the covers of many art publications and he has been the featured subject of numerous magazines and newspapers. After visiting Giverny, France, last year, the artist created a “Tribute to Monet” series that was exhibited at the Embassy of France in Washington, D. C. As an official artist for the 2002 Winter Olympics, Behrens’ painting, “In Motion,” was featured at the games. The artist’s works are owned by numerous, well-known collectors and are in the permanent collections of many museums.
Behrens and his wife, Judi, travel the world – Italy, Bermuda, Mexico, across America – to many of their favorite places filled with gardens, inns, vistas, and villas. Celebrate romance with Behrens, a poet sculpting paint on canvases that are alive with color, and join him on a romance with the sun that will never end.
Howard Behrens was born in Chicago, but is a long-time resident of the, D. C. area. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of Maryland.