Artist Barb Smith

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 For myself, a day of painting is the greatest escape of all.  I lose track of time and become completely immersed in what I am creating.  Once I start a painting, I feel it is sometimes difficult to focus on other details of my life until I am satisfied with the final result.  That is my favorite time with my paintings.  It is finally accomplishing my vision.  It is my hope that the viewer should experience the pleasure of transforming themselves into the scene, by using atmospheric perspectives, rich colors, and pleasing compositions.
Barb Smith started painting with oils in 2010.  She spent 25 years as the sole proprietor of her framing business.  Because of this she had been surrounded by art, observing many different styles up close.  She had the privilege of framing the artwork of some wonderful artists. This is where she feels she honed her skills as a colorist...all good things to help her get to where she is with her art today.
Barb's first experience with painting was in watercolor classes.  She started that in 2007.  She feels she learned a lot about value and composition in those classes.  She also painted with acrylics during a business venture in mural painting.  That is when she realized she wanted to pursue her own painting career in Fine Art.   She did some individual paintings with acrylic, but felt very limited because the paint dried so quickly.  It felt very flat to her.  So, she started to read and learn about oils.  It is the fluidity, layering, and richness of the colors that she loves about the oil paints.  The past few years, she has taken workshops from different artists.  This enables her to continue learning and improving her artwork.
Barb and her husband live at the foot of the awe inspiring Rocky [...]

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