Vero Beach, United States
2018 University of Tampa, “Graduate and Health Studies Building”
Purchase, 53 Original Paintings ,Tampa, Florida U.S.A.
2017 Toledo Museum of Art, Museum Store, Collectors Corner
2015 Garrett Art Museum, Garrett, IN "Cubes of Life" one person show
2013 Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH," Restoration, Recycling and Remembering' one person
2011 Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Oh, Toledo, Group Exhibition
2018 Rise Art Prize, Shortlist, London England
2019 Dabbert Gallery, “Details and Red Delights” Sarasota, Florida
2018 Muse Gallery, Hilton Hotel, "Barbara Gone Wild" Columbus, Ohio
2018 Pennello Gallery, "Barbara Gone Wild" Cleveland, Ohio
I 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 me, and in my most recent series I have, 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, I found the areas of interest in my own landscape and floral abstractions to be the atmospheric spaces between forms. I came to realize that the significance in my paintings was not in the forms, but in the spaces in between them.
In my “Abstract Stories” series, those atmospheric spaces became increasing 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.”
I explore 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.
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