In her earliest memories Barbara would stand in the kitchen behind her mother who was seated at the easel painting portraits of the neighbors’ children. Occasionally she would tag along to her mother’s art class at the studio in Yellow Springs where Barbara would be allowed to draw the model. In 8th grade Barbara was featured in the middle school lobby in her first one man art show. She had always expected to be an artist one day, but in high school she began singing, playing guitar and writing songs. After receiving her undergraduate degree in classical vocal performance, Barbara moved to Germany acquiring a position as the lead lyric soprano with the Trier Opera and singing in several German opera houses as a guest soloist. After returning to the United States with her husband and first child, Barbara is now a featured soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. While raising her three children Barbara has taken art classes at the Wayne Art Center where her award winning work has been exhibited in their juried shows.
I am an Artist Member of the Maryland Pastel Society, the International Association of Pastel Societies, and the Portrait Society of America.
My art education includes coursework with Signature Members of the Pastel Society of America Teresa DeSeve and Anne Graham, oil painter John Redmond, oil painter Karen Fogarty, and watercolorist Lauren Daddona (at the Wayne Art Center) and I have studied in private workshops with nationally recognized artists Kenn Backhaus, David Shevlino, Valerie Craig, Ellen Cooper, Randall Sexton, Stan Sperlak and Tony Allain.
I paint with both pastel and oil for my interpretations of the landscape and the figure. Occasionally, before beginning a pastel painting I prepare the sanded paper surface with an acrylic wash. I paint on private farms “en plein air” and my paintings are on exhibit at the Berwyn Art Gallery (http://www.berwynart.com) and in various venues with a local group of artists, The French Creek Art Colony (http://frenchcreekartcolony.com).