Artist Barbara Tapp

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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.  


Australian born, graduated in Interior Design, lives near Berkeley California.
Worked for two years as an artist at Taronga Park Zoo , Sydney Australia.
Architectural Illustrator  over 30 years  sketching houses for San Francisco East Bay Real Estate.
Illustrator of Karen Brown Travel Guides.
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 . 
Los Gatos Plein Air Festival 2017 , Peoples Choice Award
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association 1st Annual Waterworks Exhibition  2nd Place 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  2017 /2018
11th Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational Event March 5/11 2017
Triton Museum Salon at the Triton, March -May 2017 
Plein Air Convention San Diego,  Faculty, In the Field Painter April 24-28 2017
American Society of Marine Painters West Coast Regional Juried Exhibition , May 8 - June 25 , 
Carmel Art Festival, Juried Plein Air Event May 17th - May [...]

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