Fine properties, fine art fill a Georgetown life

Photo by Neshan H. Naltchayan
The gallery/studio of artist and real estate agent Cynthia Howar
The gallery/studio of artist and real estate agent Cynthia Howar
Fine properties, fine art. They go together in the chateaux of France, the palaces of England and the villas of Tuscany. But could real estate and watercolor be the yin and yang of
Artist Cynthia Howar with Erica Moorhead and Joris Vos former Ambassador of the Netherlands (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Artist Cynthia Howar with Erica Moorhead and Joris Vos former Ambassador of the Netherlands
someone's life? They could in Georgetown -- specifically in the adventurous life of artist and real estate agent Cynthia Howar of Washington Fine Properties, who opened her studio/gallery last week to about 200 friends as she launched a new line of note cards featuring  her painting.

Cynthia Howar's new line of note cards based on her watercolors of Provence (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Cynthia Howar's new line of note cards based on her watercolors of Provence
"This show was originally going to be called 'Paris, Provence and Friends' but it really is about the countryside of France and my love for the colors and landscape there," said Howar, who picked up a brush in 2002 after many years away -- and has been painting oils, acrylics and watercolors with unbridled passion ever since. "I work closely with people sometimes 12 hours a day in real estate, so the solitude of painting is a good balance. I like to fill my life with beauty and color and record what I see," she says.

Howar's travels to Europe have been the source of much of her
Yardley Manfuso, Howar, and Manfuso's daughter Susan Fares (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Yardley Manfuso, Howar, and Manfuso's daughter Susan Fares
inspiration. "I visit the same hamlet as often as I can with a group of artists.  The French summer, the fruits and vegetables, the wheat fields and lavender all combine to create a cacophony of sounds, smells and sights. The Impressionists all painted in the Luberon Valley because of its light and beauty."

If kick-out clauses, contracts and water colors seem like an unusual combination, Howar's education is an even broader palette of disciplines. She attended The Art League School and the Corcoran School of Art, as well as Hunter College and City College in New York for painting and architecture, the University of Iowa for graphic design, Trinity in Hartford for
Washington Fine Properties, John Adler and his daughter, Julienne Clevenger, with Howar (Photo by: Neshan H. Naltchayan) Washington Fine Properties, John Adler and his daughter, Julienne Clevenger, with Howar
psychology and Georgetown for (but, of course!) a law degree. It's no wonder Howar's impressions are so rich with color and feeling.

The painter/real estate agent is taking her art to the next level by launching a line of note cards for retail, which she has given to friends as holiday gifts in years past. Howar once made a separate watercolor place card for each guest at a dinner party, as a gift.

"With paper products and letter-writing becoming scarce, when you do write a note, the card should be really special," she says. 

Adam Mahr at A Mano, the boutique, Patti Cumming and Diane Peacor  have teamed up to help the Hillandale resident market the note cards in time for the holidays. The collection is now available on Howar's website before an expected retail launch this fall.

  

0 Comments For This Article

anonymous

Enjoyed the article about Ms Howar. Where does she get the energy? Best wishes to her for a very nice idea.

Cynthia Howar

Thank you for your nice comment from the artist herself!

Zachary Biraban

An artistic real estate agent indeed. What a great blend of skills. It took me a while but I'm currently about to close this real estate deal with the help of this conveyancing Adelaide service, and I wish I have an "outlet" like painting to balance my life out. I guess I should start looking for a hobby.