About the Artist

I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and ever since I can remember I thought the most fascinating people in the world were people who could paint people, and I knew I wanted to be one. So, at 14, I set up a little studio in my bedroom and on my own painted a portrait of my grandfather. Pretty soon I was accepting commissions. I read and studied everything I could on painting. It has been a quest for mastery and an expansion into all subject matter ever since. I now live and paint at my studio at home in Pocomoke City, Maryland, and travel to Plein-air events in surrounding towns on the Eastern Shore as well as Pittsburgh, Ligonier, and Latrobe PA.



“My work is a push-pull between intentional reverence for nature while allowing deeper, unconscious energy and serendipity to emerge and flow.  The goal is an interesting and evocative experience which engages, satisfies and delights.”


Education: 

 

 2004 - Ongoing to Present: Various workshops including, but not limited to, those offered at Studio Incamminati,   Philadelphia  1985 - 1988 Indiana University of Pennsylvania, graduate studies  1973 - Seton Hill University,  B.A.  Art   Education                                                                                                                                                                                               


Exhibits and Awards: 

 

2023 - Best of Show, Beverly Bassford Memorial; First place drawing exhibit, ocean city, md;  plein-air Ocean city, 2 awards; Chingoteague Plein-air, Purchase Award; Sama, ligonier, pa, plein-air, best of show; mr rogers show, honorable mention; ocean city members only, honorable mention

 2022 - Best of Show, Latrobe Art League Plein-Air, Latrobe, PA 

 2021 - Best Nocturne,  Artists Paint Ocean City, MD 

 2019 - Third Place,  Mr. Rogers Show,  juried exhibit, Latrobe Art Center, Latrobe, PA 

 2018 - First place, Quick Draw,  Artists Paint Ocean City, MD 

 2018 - First Place, Best Use of Light,  Artists Paint Ocean City, MD 

 2012 - Invitational exhibit featuring five Pittsburgh Artists, Women Painting Women, Shaw Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA   2008 - Invitational group exhibit,  Third Street Gallery,  Carnegie, PA   

 2008 - Third Place, Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Art Annual Juried Exhibition, Ligonier, PA 

 2007 - Solo Show,  Watercolors Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA   

 2003 - Purchase Award,  Thirty-First Annual Open Juries Exhibition for Pastel Only, NY 

 2003 - Pastel Society of America Juried Exhibit-Butler Museum of American Art,  Youngstown, OH  

 2003 - Third Place, Southern Allegheny Museum of American Art Biennial, Loretto, PA 

 2001 - Award of Distinction, Judge’s Choice Award Winterlude Exhibit, Greensburg, PA              

 2000 - Solo show,  Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA  

 1999 - Invitational group exhibit, Greensburg Art Club, Greensburg, PA and Ligonier,  PA 

 1999 - Judge’s Choice Award, Monastery Run Exhibit, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA 

 1998 - Westmoreland Art Nationals, Greensburg, PA   

 1997 - A Show of Hands,  juried exhibit, Baton Rouge LA,  


 Collections and Published work: 


America’s Industrial Heritage, poster for Saltsburg, PA. National Park   Service; 1981-1985 First Day of Issue stamp cachets,  Gilcraft Publishing;  Westmoreland Hospice Mothers’ Day Card, 2001;  Greensburg,  PA, Beth Israel Hospital, permanent collection, NY, NY; Derry Area School District, permanent collection, Derry,  PA;   Westmoreland County Airport,  Latrobe,  PA,  Saint Vincent College,  permanent collection,  Latrobe,  PA;   American Heart Association,  Greensburg,  PA;   Mutual Aid Ambulance Service,   permanent collection,  Greensburg,  PA;    Iris Corporation,  permanent collection,  Greensburg,  PA;   Rebecca Hadden Stone House Museum,  permanent collection,  Saltsburg,  PA 


Barbara is currently a member of  The Working Artists’ Forum, Maryland

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