My husband and artist, Robert Barrett, his parents lived in Carmel, California so the opening was a family affair, as well as, a professional opportunity for and thus twice as stressful. The multitude of hats worn by women, those of wife, mother, daughter-in-laugh, professional artist are for a young artist a challenge as you do not have the support and experiential wisdom of a team as you would in business. Surrounded by family yes, but I alone represented myself and my art. I did enjoyed having Robert’s parents, Charles and Alice Barrett, in attendance at the art museum during the opening reception. A large delegation from the Fresno Art Museum, where Robert was the Museum Director and Curator also were in attendance. Pressure was on.
Everyone was so delighted to see the response that my artwork elicited. I could tell that my family, and the group of museum patrons were happy for me and proud of the quality of my work as a young artist. The artwork exhibited well. The Point Lobos series, like the actual location near Carmel, California is bold, exuberate, full of movement, sound and sensations. Ironic as the work subject is just the rocks and cliffs of the Point Lobos area.
Ever since Barbara Barrett was a young girl growing up in the San Joaquin Valley town of Coalinga she has been a wellspring of art making. In art school her instructors encouraged her to “paint what you know”. From that point on her art-making practice addressed her living environment, then the natural world surrounding her environment, then the landscape of California and then the underlying philosophical point of view that she developed and refined as a maturing artist and socially conscious adult.
As a studio art instructor and art history lecturer at the university level she deepened her knowledge of art history and the use of symbolism and color throughout the many millennium of art production. Her extensive travels in Africa, Europe and the United States have informed her work and broadened her point of view regarding what art is and can be for the contemplative art maker. Barbara is a proficient and prolific printmaker. Her drawing and painting skills are unmistakable.
Barbara has exhibited extensively throughout her long and productive career. Her work is in public and private collections and she has produced many commissions for corporations and individuals.
Barbara would like her work to be visually appealing but additionally strives for it to communicate values that might stimulate her audience to think, wish and feel. Ideals such as truth, beauty and goodness are the transcendentals that Barbara has fashioned her art-making practice and life around.