Artist Statement

At the core of my art lives humanity. Our perception of reality is filtered by unique emotions and thoughts and this relationship creates our identity. My artwork strives to express our perceived reality by delving into the relationship between humans and nature. I strive to portray the deep emotional connection that ties human kind to nature in a way that allows for self reflection and an acknowledgment of nature’s identity. My representations of landscapes interpret the vibrant environment through my own filters of emotion that give the piece a vulnerable quality that allows the viewers to see the painting in a sensitive and truthful state. In order to capture the lively nature of what I see in a landscape I felt the need to go beyond realism and find a visual language that best captures the emotion, movement and life of an environment. With the creation of every piece I strive to achieve a healing quality and a sense of tranquility as to stimulate a therapeutic visual experience. All of my work strives to humble the viewer and asks them to contemplate their role in the bigger picture of our world.

Artist Bio

Austin Howlett is a Maui raised artist now living and working in Denver Colorado who specializes in oil painting. He derives much of his inspiration from natural environments, people, movement and weather. While attending Colorado College Austin earned a bachelor of art in Art Studio and created a senior thesis show that showcased his landscape oil paintings as well as photography merged with abstract oil paintings. In his work Austin focuses on the subtle art of suggestion rather than forcing his concepts onto his viewers. He loves to create for himself and for others. He finds fulfillment in merging concepts and creating pieces that inspire the imagination. 


Laguna Art Gallery
305 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 257-9008

Art Shows 

October 5th, 2018. Community College of Aurora, “24th Annual Gateway to the Rockies Art Show”  Aurora, CO. Featured paintings: “Protected” , “Depth of Hope”

September 26th, 2018. Lone Tree Arts Center, “ 2018 Lone Tree Art Expo” Lone Tree, CO. Featured painting: “Infinite”

April 26th, 2018. Union Colony Civic Center, "52nd Annual National Greeley Art Exhibition and Sale" Greeley, CO. Featured paintings: " "Protected" , "Shelters Built on Men"

April 13th, 2018. Gallery 1505, "Spring Juried Show" Denver, CO. Featured painting: "Old Brother"

December 15th, 2017. Kanon Collective, "2017 Bibelot Show" Denver, CO.  Featured painting: "Trapped in Light"

October 14th, 2017. Curtis Center for the Arts, "34th Annual All Colorado Show" Greenwood Village, CO. Featured painting: "Terra Firma"

October 13th, 2017. Lincoln Gallery, "Regional Fine Art Show" Loveland, CO. Featured painting:"The Search"

October 11th, 2017.  Lone Tree Arts Center, "Lone Tree Art Expo" Lone Tree, CO. Featured painting: "In the Absence of Doubt"

September 14th, 2017. Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, "Art & Conflict" Arvada, CO. Featured painting: "Erasing Our Humanity"

July 14th, 2017. Core New Art Space, "Contemporary Abstraction" Denver, CO. Featured painting: "Open Perspective"

April 14th, 2017. Lincoln Gallery, “2017 Loveland National Fine Art Show” Loveland, CO. Featured painting: “Infinite”

November 18th, 2016. Littleton Museum “Own an Original Exhibition” Littleton, CO. Featured paintings: "Desert Walkers"( First Prize)  "Cloaked"

September 24th, 2016. Lone Tree Arts Center “15th Annual Lone Tree Art Expo” Lone Tree, CO. Featured paintings: "Rain Squall" "Fracture"

February 5th, 2016. Next Gallery “Next Up Show” National Show. Denver, CO. Featured painting: "Unknown Light"

November 21st, 2015. Bell Gallery “Annual Denver Square Foot Art Show”. Denver, CO.

October 30th, 2015. Redline “One Square Foot Show”. Denver, CO

March 30th, 2015. Colorado College. Solo exhibition of Art studio senior thesis show consisting of oil painting and photo manipulation. Colorado Springs, CO


June 22nd- 24th, 2018.  Expo New Mexico, “ 57th Annual New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair” Albuquerque, NM.

June 9th- 10th, 2018. Santa Fe Plaza, “40th Annual Challenge New Mexico Arts and Crafts Festival” Santa Fe, NM.

July 27th, 2017. The Church Nightclub, "Conception A Contemporary Art Show" Denver, CO.

June 10th, 2017. Lyons, "Lyons Art Walk" Lyons, CO.

July 23rd, 2016. Civic Center Park, "Denver International Festival" Denver, CO.

June 23rd, 2016. City Hall, "Trend, Raw Artist Showcase" Denver, CO.

Art Commissions

May 15th, 2019. Matt Devin, one landscape oil painting of Castle Rock , Colorado.

January 27th, 2019. Logan Savidge, one oil painting. Terra human painting.

October 8th, 2018. Josh Snyder, one oil painting. Terra human painting.

July 27th, 2018. Steven Otero, one oil painting. Church painting.

June 26th, 2018, Andrew Salazar, two oil paintings. One pet portrait, one landscape.

May 9th, 2018, Jason Pachon, one oil painting. Abstract landscape.

January 2017, Bobbi Kay, one oil painting. Landscape of Piney Lake.

January 2017, Tricia Manley, one oil painting. Abstract grey color palette.

October 2016, Terry and Jennifer Martinez, one oil painting. Abstract representation of a wedding ceremony with a Catholic marriage symbol.

July 2016, Nick Nyberg, Denver, one oil painting of a surreal robot family portrait. 

2015, Aimee March Pachon, Colorado Springs, one photo manipulation portrait.

July-August 2015, Ellen Walker, Colorado Springs, 5 Landscape oil paintings.

July 2014, Jim Hocking, Colorado Springs. 2 India ink paintings of springboard divers. 

November 2014, Mike Edmonds, Colorado Springs, Dean of Students/Vice President of Student Life. one Landscape Oil painting. 

August, 2013. Colorado Springs. One landscape oil painting,