Barbara Brown is a California-based artist interested in figurative work. She is influenced by John Singer Sargent, Johannes Vermeer, Egon Shiele, Lucian Freud and the art of the Byzantine. The expressive hand which creates energy and communicates liveliness in images but which are sometimes profoundly still inspire her. Vermeer’s use of color and light, coupled with his highly refined techniques, she finds inspirational. She loves Egon Shiele’s linework and rough color application, as well as Lucian Freud’s powerful and evocative painterly techniques. She is inspired by the juxtaposition of the flat graphic portraits of the Byzantine against the energy and richness of the golden backgrounds.
Laguna College of Art and Design, studies in process
University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelors Degree, Fine Arts 1977
University of California, Santa Barbara Extension 1995-2005 Instructor, Graphic Design