Artist's Statement

Artist’s Statement –

As a student of science and nature, a photographer, traveler and avid gardener, my painting subjects principally involve land and waterscapes. The scenes that I paint, en plein air and in my studio, are primarily the varied and beautiful faces of my home state, Michigan. I also enjoy paintings stemming from my travels to others of the United States as well as Europe and Mexico.

I work in oil because of its juicy richness, creamy texture, stunning colors and flexible character. My work offers an impressionist’s involvement with light and shadow with color sometimes pushed just beyond reality. The elements most evident in my paintings are quick, relaxed brush strokes with clear, fresh colors revealing the play of early morning or late afternoon light on natural settings. I like to think that my serene yet vibrant paintings bring my viewers along with me as I happen upon ordinary settings and discover their extraordinary beauty.

Fine art by Barbara McCleary
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