Lanise Howard

Visual Artist

                      About the artist

Lanise Howard is a Los Angeles artist, raised in both California and New York. Starting at a very early age, art has always been her passion. She talks about her mother saying how she would draw butterflies on the wall at the age of two with startling realism. This idea of capturing the real and ideal would continue on In her early drawings and mixed media works. Recently she has taken her skills in capturing the “real”, and has aspired to elevate this by capturing new realities, especially for people of color and for humanity as a whole.  She says that she wants to forge new realities and narratives, especially within the experiences of those who are often unheard and unaccounted for. Her paintings are figurative with a fusion of many different painting languages. Surrealism, Cubism, Realism, Futurism, Abstraction, and more recent, Afro futurism, movements that can be seen as influences for Lanise, as she finds interesting ways to infuse them into her works. Her unique painting language has adopted from these early doctrines, and has given her lessons on techniques and creating compositions. Still, much of her inspiration comes from her own dreams, where she receives many of her narratives. The challenge is first deciphering the dream and then finding a way to communicate this in a nuanced and compelling way. For her this process is one of learning and growing each step of the way, where she feels she gains new knowledge from each piece, and can then bridge into the next story. These stories, continually unveiled, are ones which Lanise says are necessary and must be told. She believes as though she is a messenger. A task which is very difficult but rewarding. This is her life’s work.