Stephanie Howard was born in Greenville, South Carolina. She graduated with a BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004. Her art is inspired and influenced by outsider and folk art, vintage photography and illustration, and embroidery and quilting. When working, she often thinks of her materials as fabric and thread instead of pen and paper.
Howard synthesizes modern and imagined folklore, heavily influenced by literary artists such as William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. Her work explores eternal themes of childhood and imagination within the culture and geography of the American South. Figures in Howard’s work occupy the liminal space between reality and legend, illuminated by intricate detail and overlapping patterns.
Howard’s work emerges as a new perspective in a long tradition of visual storytelling and literary art. Her drawings are collected by individuals and institutions throughout the United States.