If you are gifted with an artistic talent, much of it comes naturally however if you are not artistic, it is often something many aspire to learn. Cora Pat Howard, painter and teacher, shares her knowledge with students of all ages.
“I’ve had a passion for art for a long time. It’s always been my passion and in high school, I had a good teacher who taught me perspective. It opened up a whole new world for me,” said Howard.
Some of Howard’s work includes oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, intricate paintings on Christmas ornaments and Appalachian apple art which involves carving into an apple and drying it for decoration. Howard has many forms of art on display at the Cumberland Gap Artist Co-Op, which she also helped to found.
“We invite artists from the whole Tri-State area and any other counties that are close by since it’s Appalachian art that we promote. It’s causing me to learn patience, but it’s exciting to be a part of a group of artists and you’re inspired by them to keep creating,” said Howard.
The co-op was started in the Fall of 2014 and has grown from an idea into a busy cooperative with approximately 26 members of the arts community who work together to showcase art through shows, a shop and events in Cumberland Gap.
She has been painting since the age of seven and now in her spare time, she holds art classes for both children and adults. She shares years of experience with those who are eager to learn and possibly find a new hobby.
“Painting is a spiritual thing for me. One of the things I tell the kids in my afterschool classes is that when the great Creator created us, he instilled in us a want to create, also. When you talk to other artists, they’re really not happy unless they’re creating,” said Howard.
Now, Howard is a full-time artist and teacher, but before that she had a long history of work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the banking industry and coding and billing in the medical field.
“I’m never far from my art. No matter what I’m doing or where I’m going, even if it’s to run errands or to the doctor’s office, I have my supplies with me. I never want to miss an opportunity to do art,” said Howard.
She is originally from Harlan County and now lives in Harrogate with her husband and her Australian Shepherd Bobo.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.