Artist Barbara Tapp

An example of fine art by Barbara Tapp

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://barbaratappartist.com/

  • Year Born: 1954

  • Architectural Illustrator and Watercolorist

  • Award Winning Plein Air Watercolor Painter

  • I am self taught

  • Price Range: $450.00 - $1,250.00

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
35 years architectural illustrator
Illustrator of The Karen Brown Travel Guides
Scientific Illustrator
Plein Air Watercolor Painter 
Signature Member Laguna Plein Air Painters Association 
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  2023
California Watercolor Association 53rd National Show  Jan 7 - March 18 2023
Plein Air Live Online Event March, Guest Artist Fabriano Paper  2023 
Shadows - on -The- Teche Plein Air Competition,  March 11 - 18  New Iberia, Louisianna
Mill Valley Plein Air Invitational April 8th 2023 
Plein Air Convention, Denver  Faculty,  May 2023
Inaugural Bozeman Museum Plein Air Invitational, Montana July 24 - 29 2023
Crested Butte Plein Air Open Artist , August 11- 12 2023
Frank Bette Plein Air Paint Out July 31 - Aug 5, 2023
Gualala, Plein air Affair Aug 26th - Sept 12 2023 
Laguna Painters Plein Air Event Oct7 - 15th, 2023
19th Sedona Plein Air Festival Oct 20 - 28th 
Frank Bette Paint Out, Alameda Ca  Aug 1 - 6 2022
Transitions Exhibition, The Beauty of Lifes Journey, Harrington Gallery Pleasanton Aug 27 - Oct 22  2022
Capturing The Spirit of Woodland ,California Art Club,  Blue Wing Gallery  Sept 2 - October 28 2022
Sonoma Plein Air  Ca September 5 - 10 2022
Plein Air affair, Gualala Arts, Sept 9 - October 2, 2022
Mendocino Open Paint Out Sept 19 - 25 2022
California Art Club Biennale Celebrating California, Blue Line Arts , Roseville CA Sept 23 - October 19 2022
Plein Air Convention Sante Fe Beginners Day Watercolor Faculty May 2022
Shadows-on-the-Teche  Plein Air Event New Iberia , Louisiana  March 12 - 18 2022
Outstanding Watercolor Award FASO Bold Brush May 2022
Winner Over 65 Watercolor and Gouache April Plein air Salon ,2023
Honorable Mention Watercolor 11th annual Plein Air Salon April 2022 
3rd Place 6th [...]

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