CountyPrince George's County
Artist StatementWords are not enough and take too long to communicate the loveliness and motion of life that incites a fervent desire in me to create. The experiences that bring me joy are the stimulus for my compositions. Ideas come to mind and a drawing takes form in my sketchbook. From sketchbook to working an idea out on canvas with thick impasto technique; carving into linoleum or wood and watching the image come to life when the print is pulled; playing with fluid acrylics like watercolors as the textures form on paper…this is my life fuel. The most rewarding part of creating is when an idea becomes visual. I can touch it with my hands, experience it with my emotions and seeing people totally enjoy the artwork.
Barbara Joann Combs, artist, art educator, community arts facilitator born in Los Angeles, California. She has worked within the discipline of visual arts since childhood; exhibiting in various venues since 2000; completed commissioned works; and has a silkscreen mosaic acquired by a permanent collection in North Carolina.
With a strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others, she opened Barbara's Child Care when a mother came to her door asking for such services. From becoming a National Association for Family Child Care accredited home child care provider to a Master of Fine Arts degree in Community Arts, Barbara has taught 20 years to pre-school through teenage youth; women with infants; adults and seniors.
Studio strengths are expressive drawings in graphite, charcoal, and pastels; portraiture using a grid system; Realism/Cubism in watercolors and acrylic paints; linocut and monotypes with chine colle; altered books; mixed media using found objects; miniatures to room installations; social justice and contemporary quilt making.