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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-832-9051