Contemporary Abstract Art & Creativity

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In January 2015, I opened a small gallery in Sarasota to showcase my original art. It’s a very contemporary space to view and select the perfect piece of original art for your home or business walls. I look forward to seeing you.

I hope to see you at my gallery. Please call to schedule an appointment.


ABSTRACT ART: Intuition. Connection. Emotion. Color. Form. Creativity.

Contemporary abstract art conveys my emotions and thoughts and the interconnectedness of life and art. Colors and images are my language, way of thought and communication. Perhaps looking at my work is like beginning a journey to an unknown destination and because it is undefined it cannot be grasped. Yet art can transform viewers to a different level of thinking. To experience truth, beauty and innocence; capture a mood, emotion or thought with movement, form, and color; a new way to experience art, life and love.

I hope you will find yourself intrigued and immersed. Art is a visual experience. It should captivate your imagination and evoke a response.

My artwork is in commercial as well as private collections in Sarasota, Long Boat Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Naples, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, New York and United Kingdom. I work with homeowners, individual collectors and through the recommendation of art consultants, designers, and architects.


I am a member of American Institute Architecture, Interior Design Society, Ringling Museum, Center for Architecture Sarasota, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota Architectural Foundation, and Women Contemporary Artists.

ART EXHIBIT / INSTALLATION: Together & Apart: The Love Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz

I wanted to thank everyone who attended my exhibit: Together & Apart: The Love Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz

I had asked for comments from viewers. Thank you so much for your delightful and encouraging words. There were hundreds of comments, here are just a few:

  • “I really enjoyed seeing the installation yesterday. It’s almost like a historical play about their relationship, even with the evocative props to put the viewer in a state of mind back in the era in which the “action” between the two of them played out. But instead of having actors convey the humanity and emotions of the story, you have insightfully relied on images of the actual letters, with their distinctively hand written text and doodles. When I left the gallery, I really felt like I’d been to see theater. Thanks again!”  Paul A.
  • “A most exciting exhibit. Thank you so much. I hope this heads to Santa Fe!” Tom C.
  •  “A fascinating, inspiring exhibit about two VERY influential artists & their great love & respect for each other. Loved seeing this! Betty
  • “I feel like I’m in the Moment. Thank you for your vision!” Leslie L.
  • “The way the letters are presented is very personal…the way we’re in a room does feel like we are in their world, which makes it so intimate and valuable to the viewer.”
  • “Such a lovely experience! A museum or art gallery will be lucky to host your “Together & Apart exhibit” K & J B, Canada
  • “We just flew in from Chicago, we heard about this and came directly here. To see such a wonderful & complete display which was put together to show the whole story. Wonderful!! Thank you.” N & B
  • “This is an exciting, lovely exhibit that deserves to be in a museum in Santa Fe. After seeing her ranch, this exhibit made her and her relationship with Stieglitz so alive. Thank you. J M L
  • “Grace, this exhibit is a gift to all those lucky enough to experience it. You have assembled everything expertly and thoughtfully. Thank you.” R B
  • “This is an amazing resource on O’Keeffe and Stieglitz. Brings relationships to life.” R M

The Exhibit is over now. I am working to get this moved into a museum setting. If you would like to discuss this installation with me, please contact Grace Howl at my email or my phone number above. November 17, 2016 to January 13, 2017  at Alfstad& Contemporary 1419 5th Street Sarasota, FL 34236. 941-366-6400 Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11-5.





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Grace Howl on Abstract Contemporary Art

I love contemporary design. I love abstract art. What follows is my own explanation of what contemporary abstract art means to me. I hope it helps take a little of the mystery out of abstract and you to see why contemporary abstract art is my passion.


Abstract Art takes us out of reality, which means we can’t compare it to anything in the real world.


That said, I still feel abstract art and the creation of it comes from deep within and I feel it almost creates itself. It is like a tug of war where emotions, life, circumstance, history, and intuition all come together inside and the artists lets it dance out through hands and fingers and reveal itself to the observers.


I do things while I’m painting that I don’t think about – I just do them… I choose colors, tools, mediums and brushes, I couldn’t begin to tell you why, except that there is something inside that takes over, I’m in the flow. I am in the moment of creativity. That to me is genuine abstract art.


Since abstract art is not based on reality, there is little to compare it to. However it can hold a very powerful impact, aesthetics and how it makes the observer feel. Viewers can appreciate the colors, images, or emotions that the artwork evokes in them. Some abstract art can even be quite ugly yet its ugliness creates a pleasure or desire in an observer.


In realistic art, painting, photography or real life, the viewer has something to compare images to so there is an understanding of the subject matter which can make it easier to understand. Realistic art can also evoke emotions.


Next time you look at artwork, whether it is an abstract or realistic piece, just relax into it and let your mind wander and let your emotions decide.


A few of my abstract artworks “in context”…







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