Thea Fotiu Howell is an artist and educator whose tenacity relates to her sense of humor and a deep love of people. A lifelong learner, Thea leads with a gregarious spirit, is active within the arts community, and has an arsenal of diverse experience made possible by her 20 year career in the arts. Thea earned a B.A. in Studio Arts from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She is a published poet and an award recipient from The Academy of American Poets. Her paintings have been exhibited in both New York and North Carolina. Thea is currently a contracted teaching artist with the North Carolina Museum of Art. In 2018 she launched Thea Fotiu Howell, The Artist's Concierge where she is a freelance web designer, workshop leader, and content writer supporting creatives in business.
"My Greek-American experience is at the center of my work, along with themes of spirituality, death, nature, and religion. I use symbols, expressive lines, landscape-like scenes, compositions reminiscent of interiors, and text to create narratives of family through paintings and drawings, and to explore both the mundane and profound aspects found in being multi-cultural. The analogous rhythms and even the dichotomy of my Greek-American cultural landscape intrigues me, and I often use these to create newer, stranger meanings. I refer to my paintings as "studies" for ideas that cannot be fully articulated or explained."
- Thea Howell