Barbara Jenkins is a versatile artist who is well-known for her plein air art work. However, more recently, Barbara’s abstract pieces have become a larger presence in her repertoire.
In her abstract work, she switches from her more realistic drawings and experiments with materials such as oil sticks, silver leaf, and powdered carbon to create multi-dimensional abstract pieces. Some of her inspiration comes from American abstract expressionist artists such as Morris Louis and Mark Rothko, as well the more contemporary American abstract artist, Emily Mason.
Over the years, Barbara has maintained a strong focus on the development of her own artwork. Her early pieces were done in oils, and then acrylics. But for the past twenty years, her primary medium has been pastels. “At first, pastels were used for sketching purposes, but I came to love the immediacy and freedom of the rich pigments so much,” she explains.
She always felt that art was the path for her, starting her art studies in high school and then going on to receive a BFA and a Master’s Degree in Art. Having completed her own education, she began teaching art at Central Connecticut State University, as well as many art courses through various art associations. She worked as Assistant Curator at the La Jolla Art Center and as a staff member at the New Britain Museum of American Art, devoting herself to sharing her appreciation of fine art with others.
A member of Glastonbury Arts for over forty years, Barbara speaks highly of the organization, calling it a “nurturing environment, with many opportunities for artists.”
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