Howie Motenko ~ Artist Biography


Landscape photographer, Howie Motenko, lives in Maine where he draws continuous inspiration from Acadia National Park, literally in his backyard. Howie’s creativity, combined with his long-term project perseverance, has led to two community collaborative projects: Painting Islands and Painting Bridges, and these have dovetailed into his current project, a series of unique moonlit Acadia landscapes.

Howie is enjoying exploring Acadia National Park as an Artist in Residence for the 2019 season. He is the recipient of a Maine Arts Commission grant for his Acadia Moon Dance project and his Painting Islands project and was honored with the Friends of Acadia “Community Volunteer Award” for his Painting Bridges project.

Howie Motenko, photo by Peter McCutchen

Howie Motenko, photo by Peter McCutchen

Solo exhibitions from his projects include: Maine State Capitol, at various venues on Mount Desert Island including Acadia National Park, and even on a ship, the Sunbeam V, which reaches Maine’s year-round outer islands. Through print sales from these projects, Howie is proud to have donated over $5000 to local non-profit organizations.

Howie leads photography tours and workshops through his business, Acadia Photo Safari. He holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University.