About the artist
Barbara began sketching with pastels and pen and ink while in elementary school in Albuquerque, NM. She also began her interest in collage at that early age. She collected pieces of wood and objects, would peel the wrappers off crayons, lay them on the wood and let them melt in the sun until she could work with the melted crayons to create something beautiful. Art was something she loved and always wanted to do.
Art was set aside after high school for a job and raising a family, but it was never too far from her thoughts. She continued to create small pen and ink sketches for her three sons as they were growing up. Once her sons were in school, Barbara began working on her Bachelors in Business Administration. While attending business classes she also took an art course in basic design. It was that design class that sparked her desire to continue exploring art and began a whole new journey.
Barbara began her college art studies at community college and Arizona State University with classes ranging from design to photography and drawing to painting. She continues her art education today through workshops with professional artists and recently participated in a workshop with Monica Warhol and several printmaking workshops with Master Printmaker, Ron Pokrasso. It was in Ron’s workshops that Barbara developed a real passion for printmaking and experimenting with the various printmaking techniques, including Chine colle’, which is Chinese collage.
While Barbara has a passion for printmaking and painting, she also creates metal sculptures from found or repurposed objects and enjoys the process of welding these objects into one of a kind pieces. The idea of using repurposed objects is something that has come full circle from the days of collecting objects and melting crayons on them.
“It is very good to copy what one sees; it is much better to draw what you can’t see any more but is in your memory. It is a transformation in which imagination and memory work together. You only reproduce what struck you, that is to say the necessary.” Edgar Degas.
My artwork is an interpretation of what struck me, the “necessary”. I have strived to create work that is not an image of what was in front of me, but rather how it made me feel or something I remember about the experience. What is “necessary” to me is translating that feeling or memory into something that will strike the viewer with some emotion or memory of their own. With abstract art, the content of the art isn’t there until the viewer puts it there through their interpretation of it.
There is a mystery which has been created with abstract art. I find my best work is when I allow the piece, whether painting, monotype or sculpture, to become what it is meant to be.