Howard Park lives in Stonington, CT where he owns HGPark Fine Art, Conservation, Restoration & Appraisals, located in the old Velvet Mill. He attended the Masters of Fine Arts program at Tufts University and studies at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. He continued his studies in France at L’Ecole d’Art Decoratif de Nice, where he won a National prize in photography.
After a stint in the Merchant Marine, Howard returned to Boston to work as a photographer and Art Director, but the love of the sea eventually led him to Connecticut to manage a boatyard and raise a family. Ultimately, he realized his dream to sail around the world and paint. After restoring COMET, a 1946 Sparkman & Stephens 52′ yawl, Howard completed the circumnavigation in 2001. His one hour lecture of the voyage, a presentation of watercolors and photographs, is popular at yacht clubs and civic organizations.
Since his return from the voyage twelve years ago, Howard owned and operated the Four Starr Gallery and Frame Shoppe located in the Velvet Mill in Stonington, but just recently he has handed the business over to his daughter-in-law, Sarah Park and now is concentrating in Conservation, Restoration and Appraisals of Fine Art, including: Original oil paintings, Works on Paper, Objects, Etchings, Murals and Antique Frames.
Howard has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions and his works hang in galleries and private collections throughout the world and which include: The Arnould Gallery, Marblehead, MA; the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; Park Fine Art Conservation Framing, Stonington, CT; The Louisa Gould Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA; The Maritime Museum in Auckland, New Zealand and he is an Elected Artist at the Mystic Arts Center, Mystic,CT.
While Howard participates in several plein air paint outs each year, he also offers oil painting workshops to adults and teaches watercolor painting to children ages 6-11. Mostly he enjoys painting in his studio at the Velvet Mill and his love of the sea and maritime culture is evident in his oil paintings and watercolors.