News: most recent Barbara was recently invited to write two articles about the intersection of fine art and design. As a long-time professional color consultant as well as an artist, she has a unique perspective. Read the first and the second of two articles.
Grants + Artist-in-Residence
2000 - awarded color design accreditation by the IACC (International Association of Color Consultants/Designers), the subject of her thesis project being about using color an elementary school.
1986 to 1990 - awarded grants from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts to teach design seminars on the traditional design methods and decorative arts techniques of many cultures. Students were selected by their high school art teachers for participation in the program, which was offered in six MA high schools.
Speaking, Publishing + Programs Barbara has been published on numerous occasions over the years in a variety of national professional and shelter media, both in print and online, on the subject of supportive color design and selecting color for interiors and architecture.
Barbara’s programs on color have been enjoyed by audiences in various professional organizations, paint companies and educational locations as well as NeoCon (conferences for architects and design professionals), in Atlanta and Chicago.
Professional affiliations have also included ASID (American Society of Interior Designers / Industry Partner), IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Associaton) and CMG (Color Marketing Group).
Most recently, author of Windows to Imagination, a coloring book + color journal in two parts (available at Amazon.com)
Exhibitions Note * are solo exhibits
Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, CA: Art to Go - a juried exhibit for small works
Santa Rosa Art Center: Member show 2019
Graton Gallery, Graton, CA: Roshambo - a juried exhibit
Graton Gallery, Graton, CA: Tenth Annual Small Works juried exhibit
two pieces accepted
Sonoma State University - 35th Annual Art from the Heart Invitational exhibit and auction
*Abacus Wealth Management offices – Sebastopol, CA, November, 2018-present
Consulting – current, since 1984 Supportive color use for architecture and interiors, since 1984. HOA and group sites are a specialty. Design consulting for commercial and residential sites.
Fine art commissions
Commission work – fine decorative finishes and surface design Over 25 years’ experience in creating and installing original decorative surface finishes and murals for residential and commercial spaces.
The Metropolitan Collection™ Co-created a unique group of over 100 decorative surface finishes designed specifically to be ordered from handmade sample sets.
The Woven Palette™, and Silk Road Weaves™ Created first and second-generation of my own original designs of custom made/bespoke Tibetan Rugs. Member, Goodweave.org during this process. Silk Road Weaves Rugs are still available to be made to order.
EcoHues™ Full Spectrum Paint Created a unique designer collection of 32 colors of paints in collaboration with Ellen Kennon Full Spectrum Paints and fabricated through Glidden Professional Paint. The line was discontinued when the paint provider changed formulas.
ClearHues™ glass tiles Created a unique collection of clear, solid, gradation and iridescent glass tiles with a focus on recycled glass
Parabola Designs™ Created original designs for clothing and home furnishings accessories designs made of original hand painted silk materials and fabricated in-house; sold to private collectors.
Education University of Minnesota: 1968 - BA in fine arts with concentration in painting and printmaking University of California, Berkeley: 1965-1967, painting Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy: drawing, painting IACC – International Association of Color Consultants: awarded accreditation 2000. Thesis research project: The Importance of Color in Elementary Schools. Other art-related workshops over the years