Howard Behrens




Reflections of Venice

Serigraph on Canvas

Image Size 29 x 38


Sunset at Palias

Serigraph on Paper

Image Size 17 x 23


Capri Boats

Serigraph on paper

Image Size 31 x 39


Howard Behrens (1933-2014)


Using the knife, the artist captures not only the softness of clouds, but also the boldness of mountains, the vibrancy of flowers, and the strength of water. Behrens moves the palette knife furiously as he applies deep, rich color in many layers to achieve dimension and mood. Behrens' skill with this instrument has earned him recognition as America's leading palette knife artist.

Behrens is also a classicist in his approach to composition so that there is plenty of room for the eye to rest and the imagination to wander, touring distant horizons around the world taking in crystal coves, wispy palms, pink villas, and stunning overlooks in the artist's paintings of these exotic places. Sketching light and shadow.

Traveling is like an aphrodisiac in Behrens' romance with the sun. During his travels, he has seen the way the ever-changing kaleidoscope of light and shadow changes how a place looks and feels from hour to hour. Often, the artist sits and waits for these moods to present themselves to him. Behrens says the sun has taught him to be patient, to observe, and to play. The artist says his excitement continues to peak as he plans each new trip - whether it's a return to a place he has painted over and over or whether it's a new adventure in a land unknown.

Behrens has had over 150 one-man shows from coast-to-coast since becoming a professional artist in 1980.

His works have been on the covers of many art publications and he has been the featured subject of numerous magazines and newspapers. After visiting Giverny, France, last year, the artist created a "Tribute to Monet" series that was exhibited at the Embassy of France in Washington, D. C. As an official artist for the 2002 Winter Olympics, Behrens' painting, "In Motion," was featured at the games. The artist's works are owned by numerous, well-known collectors and are in the permanent collections of many museums.

Behrens and his wife, Judi, travel the world - Italy, Bermuda, Mexico, across America - to many of their favorite places filled with gardens, inns, vistas, and villas. Celebrate romance with Behrens, a poet sculpting paint on canvases that are alive with color, and join him on a romance with the sun that will never end.

Though born in Chicago, he is a longtime resident of the Washington, D. C. area. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of Maryland.

It is with great sadness that we announce that Howard Behrens passed away after his long battle with Parkinson's Disease on April 14, 2014.

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