About the artist -
Barbara McCleary has loved drawing since she was a child. She began taking drawing lessons at The Center for Creative Design in Detroit while a student in high school and continued during college. She furthered her artistic development at Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree.
Barbara worked as a graphic illustrator in Ann Arbor and at Michigan State University’s Instructional Media Center, doing scientific illustrations for journal publications, scientific papers and preparing displays for the presentation of scientific data. Ms. McCleary then became manager of the IMC Graphics division and their campus graphics consultant.
Painting is a relatively new venture for McCleary who began painting in 1996. Her excellent background in drawing, aided by workshops and international painting trips with renowned artists have worked together to bring her sensitive, imaginative work to local and national attention. Her invitation to join the prestigious and nationally recognized women painters group, Alla Prima International, attests to her having become an established talent.
Barbara has studied painting in Europe, Mexico and various of the United States with painting greats such as Kevin Macpherson. Ann Templeton, Albert Handell and Richard Schmid. Having retired from Michigan State University in January of 2005, McCleary now paints full-time in her Okemos studio where she also gives limited private and semi-private instruction. She also does commissioned works by private arrangement.
About her work –
McCleary’s subject matter deals with landscapes, still lives and floral scenes with a special focus dunes and water scapes. Barbara’s dominant medium is oil on canvas or panel. Her aim is to express light and brilliant color so that her viewer may step into a vibrant yet serene place of spiritual calm and experience the ordinary as extraordinary.
Because of their restful nature, Barbara McCleary’s paintings have been chosen for display in homes, businesses, medical practices and hospital settings where their restful images help their viewers transcend the rush and pressure so much a part of today’s life styles.
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