BARBARA NAESER STUDIO
Oil Painting, Pastels
I usually don’t have to look very far to find inspiration. My paintings could be a social commentary of life around me… family, places I’ve been, toys and favorite objects are just a few of my subjects. I paint a variety of things but they tie together with my unique vision and personal expression, fresh and happy, often playful with an immediacy that gives them a contemporary flair.
I enjoy painting figures in a landscape, especially children engrossed in their activity. I also like the challenge of painting architecture, very upfront and almost abstract. Each new painting presents a personal challenge to capture the image, gesture or idea that first made me want to paint this subject. Loose, broken brushstrokes, my application of paint, along with vibrant color give them all unity.
Barbara’s art grew from early art lessons on Martha's Vineyard to a Studio and Art History major at Smith College. After college, she worked for a Southwestern artist at Southern Methodist University where she learned silk screening and began designing whimsical holiday cards which she is still doing. Barbara has studied with various artists on the North Shore and in other locations including the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, WI. Currently she is part of the North Shore Atelier. She is excited to be working also in pastels now and attended a pastel workshop in San Miguel de Allende earlier this year.
Barbara lives in Marblehead and is a juried artist member of the Marblehead Arts Association where she was on the Board of Directors for many years. She is Treasurer of Swampscott Art Assn, and a member of Salem ARTS, and Newburyport Art Associations. She has exhibited at all these venues as well as several shops and offices in Marblehead and other venues on the North Shore. She chairs the Senior Exhibit for the Marblehead Festival of the Arts.