Ideals such as truth, beauty and goodness are the transcendentals
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.