Barbara's artworks are scattered throughout the US and beyond. An award-winning textile artist for 25 years, she was a two-time prize winner in Tucson Museum of Art's Biennial, and her works in fiber have been featured in American Craft , Fiberarts, Ornament, surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Design books 5 & 7, and local and regional media. She is currently working in 3 very different mediums in series since 2000: mixed media paintings on paper or canvas, depicting textiles, plant forms, and hand-made objects; mixed media collages with re-cycled postage stamps and maps, featuring figures, costumes, hands, and objects; and 2-D and 3-D mixed media assemblages with recycled buttons, used in joyful abundance.
As I was working my way through life-drawing classes, I thought I would become a painter, but I became intrigued with Fiber Art and weaving. I continued on that path for 25 years, and while learning about Textile Arts from other times and cultures, I developed a deep appreciation and respect for all those makers of objects and textiles. When I switched to painting, I began with homages to those anonymous artisans and their handmade works. Later, my paintings explore my world close-by, depicting inside objects and landscape just outside. Other explorations and series also intrude. The painted collages with re-cycled world stamps and maps speak of the similarities and uniqueness in each of us, with sometimes humorous juxtapositions. Assemblages of re-claimed buttons, used in abundance, make up an entirely different series of work. I live to make art, and beauty rules.
b. 1950, Des Moines, Iowa
Lives and works in Tucson, Arizona