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 my paintings as gentle watercolors, some illustrative some emotional and abstract.  


Australian, graduated in Interior Design, lives near Berkeley, California
Architectural Illustrator over 35 years  
Illustrator of The Karen Brown Travel Guides
Plein Air Watercolor Painter 
Signature Member  California Watercolor Association  CWA

Juried Member of Watercolor West  An International Transparent Watercolor Society
Associate Member of California Art Club
Member of American Women Artists
 EVENTS  2021
Borrego Art Institute 15th Annual Plein Air Invitational March 1 - 6   2021
Frank Bette Plein Air Paint Out , Alameda  August 2 - August 7   2021
Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, October 2 - 10   2021               

 AWARDS, Competitions and Exhibits :
Peoples Choice Award, 5th Annual Waterworks Watercolor,  Laguna Plein Air Painters Association  May 2021 
Finalist in American Women Artists Spring Online Show April 2021

Best Artist over 65 Award  10th Annual Plein Air Salon Competition December 2020
 Best Vehicle Award10th Annual Plein Air Salon Competition Oct 2020 
 2020 Best in Show   4th Annual Waterworks  Exhibition Laguna Plein Air Painters Association  July 2020
Artist participant Laguna Plein Air Invitational  Laguna Beach Oct 3rd - Oct 11th 2020
Honorable Mention Artist choice Frank Bette Plein Air Paint Out Aug - Sept 2020
Exhibition  31 Days in West Berkeley, Plein Air Painting , Holton Studio Gallery. Berkeley  Feb - March 2018 
Winner Best Water Themed Painting , Wayne Plein Air , Wayne Art Center, Pa May 2018
3rd Place Award, CPAP Fall online Competition 2018
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 , [...]

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