Barbara paints primarily from reference photos which she, her husband and friends have taken. Her focus when approaching a new painting is to capture the mood which inspired the photo or still life set up in her studio.
If you look very hard you can see the top of our agave. It looks like Medussa. After I painted three agaves in a series, the plant decided to grow that middle stalk. We had it cut down and this is the outcome.
This agave painted in pastel is the first of a series. I have decided to paint different views of an agave in our front yard. I will see how long my endurance lasts painting the same subject again and again.
In our Arizona Pastel Artists Assoc. we have a challenge. Several people are given an item to use in a painting. I chose to paint the "dishtowel" that was our group's challenge as a kite. Here it is: "Runaway Kite"
Barb is a juried member of Arizona Art Guild, Arizona Art Alliance, Vanguard Artists, Wickeburg Art Club. She is also a member of the Association of Pastel Society, the Chicago Pastel Painters and the Sun City Grand Art Club.
It is through these memberships that she has received several awards and has been juried into many shows both statewide and national: 2002 Cheap Joes and Canson Spring Flyer Competition: 1st place in Pastels2003 West Valley Fine Arts Council Honorable Mention2004 APAA Juried Show Third Place “Meandering Stream” Pastel2005 APAA Juried Show People’s Choice June Babcock Memorial Award “A Touch of Fall” pastel2005 Arizona State Fair Honorable Mention “Just Peachy” watercolor2006 APAA Juried Show Honorable Mention, “Grand” pastel2006 Wickenburg Art Club Fine Art Festival First Place in Watercolor Division for “Double Dip.”