After receiving her BFA from Sam Houston State University, Daryl lived and taught art at an overseas school in Tokyo in the 1970’s. During this time Howard was introduced to a private collection of 18th and 19th century Ukiyo-e woodcuts. Feeling an immediate connection to the works of art and wanting to learn more about the woodblock printmaking process, Daryl embarked on an apprenticeship with Master Printmaker Hodaka Yoshida.
By the time she left Japan, Howard had become proficient in the medium, well on her way to perfecting the painstaking demands of carving and printing. Immediately returning to graduate school in 1976 at the University of Texas at Austin, she began her experience with a second medium, mixed media collage.