Marlene Howell

Region: Vancouver BC Victoria BC
Sansei | Born 1949, Toronto



Marlene was born in Toronto and moved to Vancouver Island in 1996. Since then she has lived in and has exhibited her artwork in Khartoum, Sudan, New York City, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia before settling in Victoria, BC. Her artistic development is a result of the influential instructors at the Art Student League of New York, and artists in British Columbia.  Visual experiences are her inspiration, so she generally works from photographs, using various techniques, and experimenting with medium choices such as graphite, charcoal/watercolour/pastels, acrylic and Kroma Crackle.

Marlene has organized and exhibited in two spring Art Shows held at the Royal Colwood Golf Club in support of Soroptimist International of Greater Victoria in the spring of 2017, 2018 and the upcoming 2019 THE ARTISAN SHOW in October.

From January 12 to March 31, 2019 Marlene is at the Maritime Museum of BC, solo artist for the “The Lost Fleet” Exhibition.


2019 FCA Juried Spring Show AGGV “Sunning Rhinos”, “Welcome to my World”

2019 Maritime Museum of BC, “Lost Fleet” Exhibition solo artist

2018 FCA Juried Fall Show “Fie Fie Foe Fum”, “Patience”

2018 FCA Juried Spring “Little Drummer Jaden” (Honourable Mention)

2018 Ministry of Health, “Girl with a Mirror”, “Glory Days”, Blue on Blue”

2018 Royal Colwood Golf Club “Willow on the Gorge”, “Fi Fie Foe Fum”

2017 FCA Vancouver Juried Scenes from Western Canada, “Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina #1, Willow on the Gorge”

2017 Sooke Fine Art Show, FCA Juried Fall Show, “Little Drummer Jaden”

2017 Royal Colwood Golf Club, “Little Drummer Jaden”, “Sunning Rhinos”, “Komodo Dragon”

2016 FCA Juried 75th Anniversary Exhibition, "Komodo Dragon", "Glory Days"

2016 FCA Juried Spring Exhibition, "Willow on the Gorge", "Fisherman's Wharf #4"

2015 FCA Juried Fall 2015 Show, "Blue on Blue"

2015 FCA Juried ICON Art Show, "Komodo Dragon"

2015 FCA Juried Annual International Representational Show, ”Fisherman’s Wharf Series #4”

2015 Artist in Residence at “ARTISHOW 2015” Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel

2015 FCA Spring Show, “Girl with a Mirror”, “Fisherman’s Wharf Series #3”

2013 FCA Juried Fall Show, “Peanut Butter and Jelly”

2013 FCA Juried Spring Show,  “What a Catch”

2012 Artist in Residence at “ARTISHOW 2012” Hotel Grand Pacific

2012  Island Illustrator’s Society exhibit at The Royal Colwood Golf Club

2012 Colwood Rotary "Arts and Wine Festival” at Fort Rodd Hill

2012 The Takata Gardens at Glendale Gardens “Arts and Music in The Gardens ”

2012 Sooke Juried Fine Arts Show: “Monks Dream” of the Fisherman’s Wharf Series

2011 Solo show at The MOON UNDER WATER Pub “Black and White with Splashes of Colour”

2011 Artist in Residence at  “ARTISHOW 2011” Hotel Chateau Victoria

2008 Sooke Juried Fine Arts Show:  “Elephant Eye Series #3”

2008 Sydney Juried Fine Art Show:  “Spotting” and “Boy in a Red Vest

2006/2007 City of Victoria Banners

Artist Statement

The invitation to be the artist in resident for the "Lost Fleet" Exhibition at the Maritime Museum of BC in early 2019 provided me the opportunity to explore, research and learn about the hardships our Japanese Canadian fishermen and their families endured. Inspiration for my art is found everywhere, near and far. Having the opportunity to live abroad has expanded the art subjects used in many of my previous works. I work from my photos in graphite, pastel, charcoal, watercolour, and acrylic, and have discovered an exciting mix of watercolour/charcoal/pastel, and, Acrylic/Kromo Crackle
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