Barbara began sketching with pastels and pen & ink in elementary school in Albuquerque, NM. She began her interest in collage at that age by collecting ieces of wood and other objects and melting crayons on them to create pieces of art. Creating art is something that she has always loved.
Barbara has a fine artcourses from design to photography to drawing and painting. She conrtinues her education today through workshops with professional artists.
While Barbara has a passion for printmaking and painting, she also creates metal sculptures from repurposed objects into one of a kind pieces. The idea of using repurposed objects is something that has come full circle from the childhood days of collecting objects and melting crayons on them.
"It is a very good to copy what one sees: it is much better to draw on what you can't see any ore but is in your memory. It s the transformation in which inmagination & memory work together. You only reproduce what struck you, that is to say, the necessary." Edgar Degas
My artwork is an interpretation of what struck me, the "necessary". What I create is not a matter of producing what was in front of me, but rather how it made me feel. My hope is thaat my work touches the viewer and, in some way, evokes an emotion or memory for them. ---What is a monotype---
Often the terms monotype and monoprint are used interchagebly, however there is a difference between them. A monotype is essentially one of a kind. It is one printed image whch does not have any form of matrix. A monoprint has some form of basic matrix, such as an etched plate. The process of creating a monotype and monoprint is the same, but when doing monotypes, the artists works on a clean unetched plate. With monoprints, there is always a pattern or part of an image that is constantly repeated in each print.
Among printmaking techniques monotypes is the most paintely method. The chharacteristic on monotype is that no two prints are alike and editioning is not possible. When two montypes are created from one unetched plate, the second is often referred to as the "ghost" because it was pulled from the ink remaining on the plate after the first images had been pulled.
The monotype appeal lies in its unique translucency that creates a quality of light very different from a painting on paper or a print. The beauty of this media is in its spntaneity and combination of printmaking, painting and drawing mediums which creates a surface unlike any other art.
Working with water based inks and printing station, I can obtain strong impressions which may include Chine Colle. Chine Colle ( Chinese collage) is special technique in printmaking in which the images is tranferred to a surface that is bonded to a heavier support in the printing process. This technique allows me to print on a much more delicate surface, such as Japanese papers, which pulls finer details of the plate. Another purpose is to provide a background color behind the image that is different from the surrounding backing sheet.