Busser Howell acrylic paintings are characterized by richly textured, large-scale, monochromatic surfaces. His paintings reflect a search for simplicity and depth while exhibiting the complexity of the universe. Howell, who is blind, now works in heavy impastos of acrylic paint. He applies the paint with his hands, making these works the most physically involved he has produced to date. The contrast of vertical and horizontal within the square format introduces a contradiction of separate forces that oppose each other while still forming a whole. Howell attended Dayton Art Institute and later studied at Boston University School of Fine Arts in Massachusetts. Museum exhibitions of his work include the Hunt Morgan Museum, Kentucky; the Dayton Art Institute, Ohio; the Museum of the Permian Basin, Texas; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; and the collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut.