Featured Artist Barbara Fox

Artist Barbara Fox presents a meticulously crafted portfolio of still life and figurative paintings rendered in oil and watercolor. Enjoy more of her captivating art by visiting her website.

 

oil still life or glass marbles and origami by Barbara Fox

“The Pleasure of Randomness” oil on linen, 12” x 16”

 

I was an artsy kid who loved everything from drawing and painting to carving figures out of Ivory soap. Art classes in high school weren’t serious enough for me, so I worked entirely on my own and from books I checked out of the library.

 

oil still life painting of glass marbles on a book by Barbara Fox

“A Sense of Possibility” oil on canvas, 48” x 36”

 

Going to art school was not in the cards, but I attended a university and received my BFA in studio art. Unfortunately, it was a limited education for the knowledge I desired. Creating art in a realistic style was not encouraged.

 

watercolor still life of marbles and text by Barbara Fox

“Cosmic Dance” watercolor, 15” x 30”

 

I began teaching myself watercolor painting (also not encouraged at school) and took classes in illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. My design and illustration career began in 1980, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

oil painting of a red flower by Barbara Fox

“Sweet Spot” oil on linen, 8” x 8”

 

Starting a family and moving to a rural area (pre-fax, pre-internet and other modern electronic conveniences) put a crimp in my freelance design career. I started focusing on creating fine art and greeting card illustration.

 

oil portrait of a hydrangea by Barbara Fox

“I’ll See You In My Dreams” oil on linen, 8” x 8”

 

I painted exclusively with watercolor for over thirty years, and achieved significant success in juried exhibitions. I led watercolor workshops around the country, teaching my method of layering washes and painting details.

 

watercolor floral painting by Barbara Fox

“My Heart Sings” watercolor, 8” x 10”

 

My illustration and design career took off again when I was hired by the United States Mint as a coin and medal designer. After twelve years in this exciting but stressful field, I am happy to focus once more on my fine art.

 

still life painting of apples by Barbara Fox

“Garden’s End” watercolor, 11” x 15”

 

I took up oil painting about seven years ago. After floundering around and ruining a lot of canvases, I was lucky enough to discover the Ani Academy in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

 

figurative oil painting by Barbara Fox

“Words of Love Kept Her Safe” oil on panel, 6” x 6”

 

The instructor, Anthony Waichulis, is a master of hyperrealism techniques. Although that was not necessarily how I wanted to paint, I did want to achieve those particular painting skills. I took a workshop, then began an apprenticeship with Mr. Waichulis.

 

oil still life of a deer skull and antlers by Barbara Fox

“Spirits of the Ancestors” oil on linen, 10” x 8”

 

So, I am back to school—and I love it! My skills have blossomed, and I am creating work that I am very proud of.

 

figurative oil painting of a woman standing in water by Barbara Fox

“Finding Peace in Rough Waters” oil on canvas, 16” x 20”

 

The highlight has been winning purchase prizes from the Art Renewal Center’s renowned permanent collection, and exhibiting at the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain.

 

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