Bryn Howell was born in 1973 in Portland, Oregon. She grew up watching her father, well known Northwest artist, Mike Smith, painting and sculpting in his studio. The house was always filled with scattered pencils, drawings and books of favorite artists.
After beginning her college career hoping to become a botanist, she switched to art. She earned her BA in art from the University of Idaho in 1996. The love of nature and plants has followed into her artwork. "Everywhere I look is a painting waiting to happen! I love the complexity of nature and am lucky to have lived in the beautiful Pacific Northwest all my life. My works are landscapes of the local places I love and the nature that surrounds us here in the Northwest."
Bryn lives in Camas, Washington with her husband Michael, daughter Aidan and son Sam.