Barbara Berry

From the rising sunlight reaching across the woodland streams in Pennsylvania to the late afternoon light stretching over the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming, the ever-changing beauty of our fragile home is my inspiration. Describing the landscape or the character in a loved one’s face while honoring the random and mysterious qualities of oils and pastels is an immeasurable privilege. With my paintings I hope to prompt a nostalgic memory or inspire another to pause and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

I credit my mother for having inspired me to draw and paint. She has been painting the figure as long as I can remember. I used to stand behind her when she sketched portraits of the neighborhood children. I started drawing and painting in elementary school. As a fifth grader I sold my first landscape painting to my principal!

In my early teens I began learning guitar and writing songs which I’d sing in talent contests, and in high school I sang leading roles in musical productions in school and in the civic theater. I had become addicted to the musical stage and majored in classical vocal performance in college.  I moved to Germany seeking a career as a classical singer. After having had a rewarding career in Germany as an opera singer I returned to America with my children and enrolled in art classes at the Wayne Art Center and workshops with several esteemed artists. I now live in a rural area in Pennsylvania where I am surrounded by a lifetime of incentive to get my paints out.

I am a signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Pastel Society of America, the International Association of Pastel Societies, and the Portrait Society of America.

Awards

2018

  •  Maryland Pastel Society Award, 25th annual juried Renaissance in Pastel Show
  •   2018    People’s Choice Award, On Location Artists at the Brandywine 2018 -with Philadelphia Watercolor Society
  •      Architecture in the Landscape Award, On Location, Artists at the Brandywine 
  •     Jack Rickeson & Co. Award, Wayne Plein Air Festival

 2017   

  •    Honorable Mention Winner 2017 Artists Magazine All-Media Online Competition