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Barbara said “I just start working with colors because I’m really a colorist. I know what goes with what, I have my feelings and I just want to get everything flowing, and the color working great.”

 Barbara trained to be an x-ray technician. From that time on, as T.S. Eliot wrote in his “Whispers of Immortality,” I have seen “the skull beneath the skin.”

The structure of the painting is very important to her, and in her most recent series, she has, in a manner of speaking, allowed the bones of the painting—both compositionally and metaphorically, become the painting’s’ subject matter.

Georgia O’Keeffe, whose early 1940s series of pelvic bones enclosed spaces that later in the decade became forms themselves, she found the areas of interest in her own landscape and floral abstractions to be the atmospheric spaces between forms.  She came to realize that the significance in her paintings was not in the forms, but in the spaces in between them.

In her “Abstract Stories” series, Barbara says, those atmospheric spaces became increasingly bounded by spontaneously drawn shapes. Painted in shades of ochre-tinted white –the color of bone-- the enclosed spaces began to take on shapes that suggested something as intimate and normally hidden as bone; organic shapes that suggest body parts unveiled here and there as though to tease a lover.

T.S. Eliot ends his poem with ”Our lot crawls between dry bones to keep our metaphysics warm.”

She explores the interface between passion and the intellect, pulsing tissue and desiccated bone.

Our lot may be to crawl through our mortal span but, like the poet, we also sing.


Following these concepts has helped Barbara to find her way in the art world. Her hard and continuing work has led her to a world beyond her wildest dreams and she continues to climb to her next goal, to be in the Venice Biennale. Her last phase of advancement was a purchase of 53 large paintings purchased by the University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida. They had just completed their new building, The Graduate and Health Studies, a medical school teaching the latest technology in medical science. This brought Barbara back to her beginning life as an X-ray technician. Other important events have been her participation in three museum shows. “Restoration, Recycling and Remembering” a one-person show at the Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio, “Cubes of Life” a one-person show at the Garrett Museum of Art in Garrett, IN, and “group show” at the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio. 

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