For the past 25 years, Howard Behrens, the world's most
renowned palette knife artist, has had a romance with the sun.
From the idyllic lakes of Italy to the intimate gardens of New
England, the artist has danced with her, chased her, seen her
in her many different moods. Behrens' motivation comes from
his strong passion to capture the "essence" of the places he
visits around the world. The artist has been influenced by
Monet, Van Gogh and Nicolai Simbari, the Italian palette knife
artist. Behrens attempts to express his love for the radiance
of the sun's gifts - shadow, light, color, and the subtle
nuances of these elements. Many years ago, Behrens learned
that the only way he can really achieve what he feels in his
paintings is to create them using a palette knife for its
boldness and control of color instead of a brush.
Using the palette knife, Behrens 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.
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. The most recent Behrens' collectors are former President George Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush.
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.