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Artist Barbara Tapp


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The Artist Says:


It is interesting to me how things sometimes develop. I was raised on Sydney Harbor and grew up sailing and swimming and over the years have mostly painted about the sea. I realize that this is more than a passion but a deep connection . 
My background in architectural rendering in the Bay Area of San Francisco has given me plenty of experience drawing perspectives and watercolor is a fluid, explosive medium complimenting my drawings.
Each painting I create either in the field or in the studio is an experiment and search to answer a question.
I am an explorer using painting and drawing as my research tools. 
I am a day dreamer and observer of life and participating in Plein Air Events in the USA gives me the opportunity to document each unique location. 
I am on a journey loaded with a bag full of questions and my paintings are a paper trail of discoveries.
I refer to them as gentle watercolors, some illustrative some emotional and abstract.  




Biography



Australian born, graduated in Interior Design, lives near Berkeley California.
Worked as an artist at Taronga Park Zoo , Sydney Australia.
Architectural Illustrator  over 30 years.  
Illustrator of Karen Brown Travel Guides.
 
Signature Member of California Plein Air Painters
Juried Member of Watercolor West  An International Transparent Watercolor Society
Associate Member of California Art Club
Associate Member of CWA 
 
CURRENT SPECIAL PROJECTS :
Spending days painting in the Berkeley Flatlands for Exhibiton,  Feb 2018.
Plein Air painting and documenting life.
Attends Plein Air events throughout California.
 
ARTICLES :   Plein Air Magazine, June/July 2017  5 page article, CURIOSITY CAUSES A PAINTING SERIES . 
 
RECENT  AWARDS:
2nd Place Award and Honorable Mention Capitola Plein Air Event 2017
Honorable Mention Award California Plein Air Painters International Challenge 2017
Featured Artist Award PAPo Frank Bette Center Plein Air piantout. Alameda 2017
People's Choice Award, Los Gatos Plein Air Festival 2017  
2nd Place Award. Laguna Plein Air Painters Association 1st Annual Waterworks Exhibition  2017
Borrego Springs 11th Annual Invitational March 2017 Honorable Mention Overall.
Triton Museum Statewide Salon  Exhibition 2017
Randy Higbee 6x6 Exhibition 2016
Honorable Mention ,Captitola Plein Air Event 2016 
1st Place Watercolor Division Shelter Cove Plein Air  2016
Honorable mention Quick Draw , Shelter Cove Plein Air  2016
Honorable Mention Quick Draw San Clemente Paint Out , 2016
Honorable Mention Overall San Clemente Paint Out, 2016
 
Best In Show, Shelter Cove Forgotten Coast Capture The Magic Plein Air Event  2015
Honorable mention , Quick Draw , Shelter Cove  Plein Air Event 2015 
Best Historical Building Award at Annual Artist in action Downtown San Rafael 2015
Randy Higbee Gallery 6x6 Exhibition 2015
3rd Place Overall  San Clemente 14th Annual Plein Air Event 2015
Honorable Mention San Clemente 14th Annual Plein Air Event 2015
Randy Higbee Gallery 6x6 Exhibition 2014
Winner Watercolor Division ,Plein Air at the Forgotten Coast 2014 
Finalist in International Magazine Abstract Competition 2013 ,
Finalist in Artist Magazine Annual Competition, Abstracts 2013 
 
EVENTS  2018
Exhibition  31 Days in Berkeley , Plein Air Painting , Holton Studio Gallery. Berkeley  [...]

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