Happy Valley

As an artist Ginny Howsam Friedman’s painting comes full circle from her childhood. She grew up trekking in woods and fields in Western New York. Afterward she would run home to draw and paint what she saw with pencils, crayons, chalk and poster paint.

These days she works with oil, oil stick, stabilo, charcoal and graphite. In her printmaking she creates solar, carborundum and silkscreen prints.

Howsam Friedman keeps the wildness and freedom of nature in her abstract landscapes by evoking the activity and chaos of shapes in motion. She expresses energy in freeze-frame moments on canvas and paper. Other works reveal the patterns in the topography through pared-down abstract shapes interrupted with line.

She is alarmed by climate change and is trying to bridge her work as an artist with her concerns as a citizen. Her vision is to increase awareness of nature for its own sake and its ability to enrich our lives.

She received a BFA with Honors from Pratt Institute. In addition she has studied at the 92nd Street Y/Eric Fischl Master Class, the Woodstock School of Art/Jenny Nelson, the New York Studio School/Graham Nickson, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking/Norwalk, CT, the JVS Project Space/Julio Valdez and the Art Students League/New York.

She is represented in collections all over the country and has exhibited widely in solo and group shows in the Hudson Valley, New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut and Westchester.