Artists in Our Town

Nina Howard, new to Quick Draw!

By Margaret Roberts | Apr 12, 2017
Photo by: Donated photo Nina Howard

What an interesting person and artist Nina Howard is.  This will be her first year at Quick Draw, a unique fundraiser in Waynesville.  Nina formerly owned an art, design and massage studio on Church Street in Waynesville.

In 1994 she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she created Bellanina Day Spa and Institute. This day spa became the walls for her Ann Arbor Gallery.  Luckily for us when she sold Bellanina she headed straight back to Jonathan Valley.  Nina is currently working in her biodome studio creating new works to enter in a gallery.

Nina grew up in Birmingham AL and Atlanta GA.  Although no one painted in her family they were all musically inclined and her mother sewed and created all of their clothes.  That sparked Nina’s interest in fabrics, color design and creativity.  She was educated at the New York School of Interior Design In New York City, and transferred to State University of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology where she graduated in Interior design with a minor in art.  She graduated first in her class and received an award “most outstanding Interior Design Student”.

Nina prefers to paint in acrylics and mixed media.  She was influenced by mid-twentieth century artists Helen Frankenthaler and Mark Rothko.   Frankenthaler’s unique abstract expressionist style and Rothko’s boldness and simplicity greatly influenced her work.  She creates large works that are alive with color.  “I am in love with color and the vibration emitted from color.  I allow energy to flow freely from me when I paint and the colors I use speak to the observer.  I can’t ‘think’ a painting into being."

Many fine galleries throughout the United States have represented Nina’s work.  The Novus and Ann Jacob Gallery in Atlanta and Highlands, NC,  the Maraly Wilson Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama and the Primrose Gallery in New York are a few that have exhibited and sold her work.  She also has her paintings in many private and corporate collections.  For more information and to see Nina’s work you may contact her at You could also watch her demonstrate at this Year’s Quick Draw on May 20 from 4:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Laurel Ridge Country Club.

For any of you not familiar with Quick Draw it is a Haywood County event organized by volunteers to raise money for art supplies in our public schools.  For more information on this very special and fun evening, go to I will be there with my buddy Carrie Keith from Twigs and Leaves Gallery to help guests participate in creating a collaborative collage. I hope to see you there.


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