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Artist Barbara Fracchia


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Biography


 I was born in the “other state”, New Jersey. I knew I always wanted to be an artist. My father was a recognized fine artist and my aunt an award winning pastelist. When I moved to California I worked as a graphic artist for many years  which included working in the production department and running a printing press.  Eventually I started drawing pen and ink illustrations of houses for the Real Estate  companies. Drawing was always a favorite form of art for me and I decided to try painting as an added skill and this opened a whole new world for me.
 
My interests turned into painting plein air.  I painted landscapes for many years until I decided to try something different. I started studying figure painting to perfect my artistic abilities and enrolled at the Academy of Art. I graduated in 2009 with a MFA.  During the course of my studies I studied under the guidance of Dean Larson who has  become my mentor and friend.   I still paint many landscapes and figures. Switching between both subjects adds variety, which keeps my paintings fresh and unique. I also enjoy sketching and when traveling I usually fill a sketch book full of drawings. My picture, below, shows me capturing the beauty of Alaska's majestic mountains.
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