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Artist Barbara Pence


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The Artist Says:


    Over time, every artist learns, if not overtly plans, what kind of artist they are becoming.  Early on I knew that realism was my style.  It is in recent years that I have realized that within the realist style, my greatest tendency is toward the narrative.  The more I'm into doing expressive portraits and others of my paintings, like "That's nice, dear", "Two guys and three beers", or "The Happy Hostess", the more I realize how influenced I am by  Norman Rockwell's illustrations of our daily mundane existence.  It seems that many of today's serious portraitists or figurative painters go for more somber, quiet expressions as a way to express the soulfulness of their sitter.  Or, if they are more narrative artists, their subjects tend to be in the arena of  serious social commentary. Many are great at that, and I often love their work.
    But life is both more and less than pathos, and I'm drawn to trying to depict those other aspects, too.  Sometimes we're in a playful mood, having fun, and sometimes we're self-centered and offended or bored, petty or even mean.  I'm drawn to depicting those more daily mundane moments in which we may see ourselves reflected and are able to vicariously laugh at ourselves a little.
 




Biography


    I came to painting a little later in life.  Following a few years out of college living in Madrid, Spain, I had a career as a banker with a large national bank, rising to the level of executive vice president in retail banking while pursuing painting as a serious hobby.   I finally left with a plan to be a full-time painter.  For several years before 2008, I was a "self-taught" artist, attending workshops here and there and doing a lot of reading as well as a lot of painting, including showing and selling my work.  In 2008, however, I discovered the Jeff Hein Academy in Salt Lake City and took the opportunity to study formally with Hein, a nationally recognized master, until early 2011.  I later returned to the Academy for a few months in 2013 to focus specifically on portraiture.   
   About my focus as an artist 
  Over time every artist learns, if not overtly plans, what kind of artist she or he is becoming.  Early on I knew that realism was my style.  It is in recent years that I have realized that within the realist style, my greatest tendency is toward the narrative.  The more I'm into doing expressive heads and other paintings, like "That's nice, dear", "Two guys and three beers", or "The Happy Hostess", the more I realize how influenced I am by  Norman Rockwell's illustrations of our daily mundane existence.  It seems that many of today's serious portraitists or figurative painters go for more somber, quiet expressions as a way to express the soulfulness of their sitter.  Or, if they are more narrative artists, their subjects tend to be in the arena of  serious social commentary.  Many are great at that, and I love their work.
    But life is both more - [...]

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