My art offers a visual interpretation of divinely inspired Biblical texts. I intend to move the viewer from the material to the spiritual.
As an expressionist, my work is inspired by a German group called Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). This group was active from 1911-1914 and included Franz Marc, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, August Macke, Gabriele Munter, and others. They worked in abstract realism, expressing the heart of their subject matter with vivid colors, broad lines, and geometric shapes.
In addition to Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), early Christian and Byzantine work from the 4th to the 15th Century AD emerged as my inspiration following travel and in-depth study of this era. Henceforth, it has been my intent to create contemporary images while maintaining an ancient visual dialect.
My work has been featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Carmel Valley News, The Coast News, and Nordstjernan Swedish Newspaper. It has also been accepted for placement in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. Art critic Byron Coleman states, "Barb creates images that successfully transcend the boundary between figurative and abstract imagery. Her line has an economy, an authority, and a grace reminiscent of Matisse's drawings, and she employs it to create fanciful images of a seal, a seahorse, a monkey, a flamingo, and other subjects in compositions further enhanced by luminous areas of vibrant color."