In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Gibson Howell is a Vermont-based artist known for her bright digital art. Her artwork is influenced by her daily life, people that inspire her, and the music that she loves. When Gibson is not drawing, she is enjoying her favorite music. A motto that Gibson lives by is to “find beauty in small details”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“I’m inspired by the art community every day and am so grateful that ATAS gave me this opportunity”
What is your creative process?
Gibson: I usually base my work off of photos I’ve taken, and then block out the major shapes and details I want to include, and go from there!
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Gibson: My favorite right now is the portrait of my boyfriend on our new porch. We recently moved from Boston to Burlington, Vermont and I was inspired by my new move, new view, and the person who made it all possible.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Gibson: Thailand, it’s always been a place that I feel would show me an interesting a completely different culture.
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Gibson: I love Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Obama because it has such a natural feel to his presence, along with the detail he put into which flowers and greenery used shows attention to even the smallest things.
What do you listen to while you work?
Gibson: I am mostly inspired by music I listen to. To name a few is even hard, but recently it’s been The Growlers, Courtney Barnett, Together Pangea, and as always, The Clash. I also am obsessed with the podcast “My Favorite Murder” and even got my fan art reposted by Karen and Georgia (Check it out here)!
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Gibson: I’m inspired by the art community every day and am so grateful that ATAS gave me this opportunity. Additionally, I have had family suffer from Alzheimer’s and there is nothing I wouldn’t do for those suffering and their family to make that time a little easier.