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Howard Friedland Painting in China
Howard Friedland painting in China

Awards and Accolades


2018 - xxx Selected for Master Signature Member status, Oil Painters of America

2017 - xxx Awards Judge for Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition

2016 - xxx Second Place Award - American Impressionist Society National Show

2016 -xxx Artist's Choice Award - American Impressionist Society National Show

2016 -xx xFaculty at the Plein Air Convention - Tucson Arizona

2015 -       Finalist  - Plein Air Salon -  Dec./Jan. On-line Juried Show

2015 -       Faculty at the Plein Air Convention -  Monterey California

2014 -       First Place Award - Oil Painters of America - Signature Member Division
                 xFall On-Line Showcase

2013/14 -  Finalist - Raymar 7th Annual Fine Art Competition - April

2013 -       Best Plein Air Sunset Painting - Oil Painters of America  Salon Show
                  Crooked Tree Art Center

2013 -       Best Animal Painting - Oil painters of America Salon Show
                  Crooked Tree Art Center   

2012 -       William J. Schultz Award of Excellence - American Impressionist Society
                  National Show  

2012/11-   Finalist – Raymar 6th Annual Fine Art Competition  - November, September, 
                  August, July, June and April

2011 -       Best Landscape - Icons of the West Show

2011 -       Judges Honorable Mention - Salon International -  Greenhouse Gallery

2010/05 -  Jurors Top 50 Award - Salon International - Greenhouse Gallery - 2010, 2009,  
                  2008, 2007, 2005

2008 -       Best of Show- National Award of Excellence - Oil Painters of America  
                  National Show

2007 -       Best Painting by a Signature Member - Oil Painters of America –
                  Central Regional Show

Howard Friedland was born in Bronx New York. Lived in Miami Florida, Albuquerque and Taos New Mexico and now resides in Bozeman Montana with his wife artist Susan Blackwood. He studied fine art and commercial art at New York's High School of Music and Art. He went to college at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in the department of Art and Architecture in New York's Greenwich Village. Howard has studied painting with Ned Jacob, Michael J. Lynch, Mark Daley, Laura Robb, William Schultz, Robert Kuester, Charles Reed, Carolyn Anderson, Mitch Billis, Scott Christensen, Matt Smith and most recently with Joshua Clare.

Oil Painters of America inducted Howard as a Signature Member into their organization in 2003 and as of 2018 was chosen for Master Signature Member status. Friedland's most recent awards were Second Prize as well as Artist choice Awards at the American Impressionist Society National Show in 2016. He was the winner of the First Place Award in the Oil Painters of America 2014 Fall Online Showcase Signature Member Division . In 2008 Friedland was honored to receive the coveted National Award of Excellence "Best of Show" at the 17th annual Oil Painters of America National Exhibition .
He has also received the Award for Best painting by a Signature member from that prestigious organization. Howard has also been awarded the Best Landscape medal at the "Icons of the West" show at the Dana Gallery in Missoula Montana. He and his wife have been featured in numerous art magazine feature articles. Howard has painted, taught and exhibited extensively in New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Arizona, New Jersey, Kansas, Florida, Mexico, France, Italy, England, Spain , Portugal and Croatia. Friedland's work is featured in many private and corporate collections around the world including museums in China.

"The challenge for me is always to see the world with fresh eyes and respond spontaneously to the beauty before me. It's possible to lose the impact of my initial vision out of doors due to the continually changing light. For this reason I strive to capture as quickly and accurately as possible the visual sensations that I have of the subject. I study the color relationships and try to note them as best as I can. Back at my studio I use these "on the spot" studies for larger paintings. I also take some photos for additional information, however I'm careful not to copy the photograph ( too much information could dilute my first impression). Therefore, I also have to rely on my memory to recall the mood that I wanted to express."

"Some painters prefer to render a picture tightly to a literal level of finish. However I prefer to paint only enough for the viewer to get a clear vision of what the subject is and suggest the rest. When the painting is viewed close up you can see the many colorful brush strokes, as you step further away the brush strokes disappear and your eye pulls the whole painting together. That is what the magic of painting is about for me. This allows the viewer to use their own imagination and participate in the painting.".

Howard Friedland Biography