Simply said, I paint because I have to. It makes me whole. The times in my life when I have let that side of me go, I have gone a little crazy. Art is my sanity and my refuge.
In my watercolors I am very interested in lightâ€”how it shines through and reflects off of objects and people, and how that light captures time. I use photo references because I study that precision of light and shadow in a particular moment.
For the past few years I have been painting on silk. I am seduced by the vibrancy of the colors and how they play on the sheen of the fabric. For paintings, this is slow and very process filled work, so I have only a few detailed pieces in that medium. But I also have been painting scarves. Theyâ€™re fun, bright and abstract and are just about a polar opposite to my watercolors.
I was born and raised in Seattle. I studied fine art at Colorado State University and received my BFA in metalsmithing there in 1977. A cramped apartment and a stint on the polishing bench at a jewelry manufacturer changed my mind about working in metal, so since the early 90's I have worked two dimensionally, drawing and painting. I also went to nursing school along the way and worked as an RN in oncology and hospice for 27 years until my retirement in 2017.
I am greatly looking forward to this next chapter and am eager to see where the art takes me.
1977- BFA, concentration in Metalsmithing, Colorado State University
1989-ADN, De Anza College
2010-Article, International Artist #71
2009, 2005, 2004--Watercolor West Annual Exhibition
2008, 02, 00,98,96,94-Triton Museum Biennial Watercolor Competition
2008-University Art: U Art Open (second place watercolor, second place best in show)
2008-Santa Cruz Art League: Statewide Landscape competition â€˜Poems Without Wordsâ€™ (second place Watercolor)
2008-Falkirk Cultural Center: Bay Area Juried Exhibition
2007-Triton Museum: Landscapes, â€˜Rural and Urban Realitiesâ€™ invitational
2007-Triton Museum: Watercolor, Bay Area Focusâ€™ Six person show
2007, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01-Triton Museum invitational auction
2005-Los Gatos Art Museum: â€˜Different Viewsâ€™ Twelve person show
2002-Pacific Art League: Travel (second place)
2001,00-KTEH Art Auction
2001-Pacific Art League: â€˜Best in Showâ€™ (honorable mention)
2000-dp Fong Galleries: â€˜Contemporary Portraitsâ€™
2000-Pacific Art League: Collectorâ€™s Show
1999-Pacific Art League: Accent Arts Show (best in Show)
1997-Santa Cruz Art League: â€˜Exposed: A Contemporary View of the Human Figureâ€™
1995,94-Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts
1993-Santa Cruz Art League: All California Show
Barbara Pease joined Fine Art America on January 25th, 2018.