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How to Paint with Oil on Board with Howard Park

Howard Park 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 Park 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 is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, (ASMA); an Elected Artist at the Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT; (where he won and Honorable Mention in the 2018 Regional Show and Third Prize in the CAFA {Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts} Show); and he is an Elected Artist at the Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT.

His work is represented in galleries and private collections throughout the world, including: Avondale Arts, Avondale, RI; Arnould Gallery, Marblehead, MA; Louisa Gould Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA; the Stonington Gallery, Stonington, CT; and The Gallery at Firehouse Square, New London, CT. You can contact Howard Park about his art directly via his website at www.howardparkart.com

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