Barb Wallace

My love of art and nature began as a child growing up near Pittsburgh, where I could sketch the animals in the dioramas at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and attend Saturday classes at the Museum of Art.  I first majored in Biology, but my lifelong love of drawing led to a career in illustration and graphic design and a degree in Fine Art.  I think the two disciplines go hand-in-hand, because they both rely on the powers of observation and an appreciation of the world around you.  The world around me is our Century Farm in Orange County; the land, the seasons, and the weathered objects are constantly inspiring.

I have  worked in a variety of media, including watercolor, graphite, pen and ink, pastel, and, more recently, oil.  Essentially a draftswoman and a realist, I reveal form through texture, contrast and cast shadows.  As I become experienced with oil I would like to create works that are  more painterly and expressive, and to play with pure color and brush stroke.

Barb’s portrait courtesy of John Berry.

Contact Barb at or 540-832-9051