Barbara Kemp Cowlin

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Barbara is a painter of water reflections, architectural spaces, landscapes, and people. She also creates fine art prints and artist-made books. Barbara earned a bachelor’s in printmaking, a master’s in community college education with a major in printmaking, and today is a certified GOLDEN Artist Educator with training in the use of all acrylic products. She has taught acrylic painting, drawing, visual literacy, printmaking and bookmaking for more than 30 years to students as young as six years old and up, through college. Her own paintings are held are in corporate collections throughout the U.S. and in Canada.


Artist Statement

Many of my paintings are inspired by the unexpected surprise of finding an oasis of water in the desert, whether a lake, pond, river or puddle. The clarity of Southwestern light on water causes amazing reflections and colors to appear. My work balances between realism and abstraction, as I create paintings that shift with changes in light and the viewer’s position. Capturing the color and movement of an ephemeral phenomenon fascinates me; creating work that is dynamic yet on a static surface is just one of the engaging challenges. As a teacher, I strive to nurture fun and acceptance in the classroom. My classes are also chock-full of information with exercises that follow logical sequences.