Studio 2: Barbara Lawrence
Painting, Pastel, Drawing + Instruction
| Autumn Barn © Barbara Lawrence
| Pierce Point(Detail of Tripych) © Barbara Lawrence
Art Works Downtown welcomes veteran Marin artist and art instructor, Barbara Lawrence, who was formerly a resident at Salami Factory Art Studios in Fairfax for more than 15 years.
Lawrence writes, "It is not enough to paint for beauty, serenity, and the love of nature, although all those influence why I am driven to put color on canvas. There are deeper reasons: I work as a historian, to capture the essence of now, of this moment in time. A landscape is never the same from minute to minute. Light shifts, wind plays and weather rearranges.
My artist's filter is doing its own rearranging. More and more, as I advance in my career, the colors deepen and the shapes simplify. Mystery overshadows sweetness; suggestion replaces precision. I not only want to capture what's there but also to explore my own inner worlds.
I think of art as alchemy: taking bits and pieces of materials and creating something of value. This value is in the hearts of the individual who comes in contact with the piece, but it is very real. Over the years, art has been the catalyst in my bonding with people and places I deeply treasure.
Teaching art is a powerful tool for strengthening one's own art. I have been teaching art in Marin for more than fifteen years. As a teacher, I find it thrilling to see a student progress from an awkward beginning to his or her own awakening as an artist. Many of my students have gone on to win awards."
To take a class with Barbara,
please visit her personal website here >