My artwork sells as I create it and in shows. I have been commissioned to paint the portraits of the king of Spain, judges and officers of Fortune 500 corporations as well as those of many children. I have also painted murals in more than two dozen buildings and placed many paintings.
Some early experiences mark our lives. I am from Madrid and bilingual in Spanish and English. My parents were American. Growing up, my father, novelist Fergus Reid Buckley, would take us with him to explore Spain. In the afternoons he would sometimes take me to the nearby Prado Museum. Those days being different than these, the museum guards would soon recognize me and let me slip in alone. I would accompany my dynamic mother, designer "Betsy" Howell Buckley, to Harper Bazaar shoots by top photographers like Richard Avadon. We spent many afternoons at the Teatro Estudio Madrid (TEM) and the Teatro Español with theatre director Miguel Narros. Later, my father married Tasa, a widow, and moved us and her five children to South Carolina. They gave us our youngest brother, John. Together we are ten strong.
My children make me proud. Ian Howell is a doctorate student in robotics at Georgia Tech and USMC Sgt. Michael Aidan is an undergraduate at USC. My boys fledged I married Elena Figueroa, Marquesa de San Damián, a childhood friend from Madrid. We keep studios in Spain and South Carolina and are always ready to accept your commissions and to attend to your orders for paintings.
Life for most artists has it's tight moments. I am fortunate my family and friends have backed my dreams, specially my father. It is because of their love and that of those who have aquired and commissioned my paintings that I am an artist.
It is right I acknowledge those people who make it possible for me to paint. To name a few of my patrons and staunchest collectors, James L. and Esther R. Ferguson, Roger Milliken, William F. Buckley, jr., Priscilla L. Buckley, Christopher T. Buckley, Cameron O. Smith, Santiago and Nina Olano, John D. Bratton, Mike and Tina Lockhart, John H. and Martha W. Daniels, and the Honorable Mikell R. Scarborugh. I am also grateful to those of you whom I have not mentioned. Thank you.
Parsons School of Design, NY, NY, continuing education classes
New York Center for the Media Arts, NY, NY, Certificate in Videography The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, Bachelors of Art, 1981 Joseph Kershaw Academy, Camden, SC El Colegio Retamar, Madrid, Spain
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