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Artist Barbara Archer-Baldwin


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Biography


Originally from Swarthmore, PA, Barbara is now, since 2000, a full-time resident of Venice, FL. It's been quite a journey.
Barbara received her fine arts education (1959-1965) at Rhode Island School of Design, Philadelphia College of Art (now Univ. of the Arts) and Temple University’s Tyler School of Fine Arts.  After taking time off to raise her two beloved children, she returned to the art world. She has worked as a professional artist for over 45 years, taught both visual arts (drawing and acrylic painting) and various decorative arts including needlework, faux finishes, polymer clay sculpture and jewelry. She has also worked as an antique furniture restorer specializing in marquetry, and as a luthier of banjos for 12 years, doing the pearl inlay, and wood carving on the instruments.
Her pen and ink drawings have been published in several periodicals, she has illustrated two published books, and has artwork in many private collections.
When, in the 1990’s, it was becoming apparent that she would eventually lose the use of her legs, she searched for a way to continue making a living as an artist. She discovered a niche for miniature paintings in the doll house market. It was a perfect fit, as their shows were all on the ground floors of hotels, making for easy wheel chair access. As miniatures are easier to move around and work with than the large paintings she’d previously done, it seemed like a good idea to switch to this art form.
 For many years the cause of her disability, excruciating pain and other symptoms, had eluded at least eleven doctors, some in major medical institutions. Ultimately, in March of 2000, suffering what she thought was kidney failure, she was taken to the emergency room. She was ultimately diagnosed with a large slow-growing tumor inside the sheath of her spinal [...]

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