“Life is a colorful masterpiece of abstract art.”
Barbara’s pencil drawings at age 11
Barbara’s love of art and abstract art began with watching her mother, an artist and landscape painter, paint landscapes with oils and watercolors at the kitchen table on snowy winter days. By age 6, Barbara’s artistic expression took the form of designing, drawing and painting homemade birthday and Father’s Day cards for her dad which continue to this day. She has always loved creating, whether with an Etch A Sketch, Spirograph, Easy Bake Oven, or abstract doodling, drawing, coloring, or painting. At 11, she was drawing turtles, fish and dinosaurs guided by “Captain Bob’s Drawings” on Boston TV; She also expresses creatively through poems, short story fiction, journaling and creative writing. After visiting art galleries and museums with medieval and renaissance paintings, during a semester in Europe, she found Expressionism, Abstract, and Contemporary Art a refreshing change. Gazing at the geometric shapes and vivid colors of the abstract artist Kandinsky, she felt freedom and possibility. Through traveling, Barbara has appreciated the aesthetics of natural art and color ~ whether in a smile or red sari of a woman in Nepal, an orange sunset in Arizona, turquoise and yellow hotel facade in South Beach, FL or Blue drink at Studio Café in CA. After moving to Asheville in 2002, Barbara’s desire to express through abstract art grew with courses in Multimedia Art and Abstract Art at AB Tech. Inspired by watching a local abstract painter painting live (Jonas Gerard) she began to paint regularly in the spring of 2009.
Each of Barbara’s abstract paintings reflect a dance of color and celebration on canvas. The music of Cesaria Evora, The Gipsy Kings, Bossa Nova and Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack fuel her abstract art through love and aliveness transferred to acrylic paints on canvas. Her abstract painting method includes letting go and allowing the paint and music to lead, dancing the paint onto canvas. She follows the flow and feeling of the painting each moment, without planning the final result, trusting that what appears in each abstract painting is what’s supposed to. Her desire is for those who view her abstract paintings to feel free, delighted and inspired.
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|Art now at Woolworth Walk!|
April 8, 2010
I'm thrilled to announce that after a nine month waiting period, I now have a wall space to show my paintings, cards and prints at the Woolworth Walk, located at 25 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville!