Who is Barbara Bassett?

This decade, and for the foreseeable future, I’m choosing to be a painter (see other “chapters” in “About the Artist”).  I’m also a mother, wife,  caretaker to an elderly mother, a gardener, and  occasionally work at a local art gallery.  Animal husbandry is also a facet of daily life here on our farm in Silverton (we have horses, goats, sheep, alpaca, cats, and, of course, our special elderly dog Toby who reigns over them all!).  Our daughter is a physician who is finishing up an advanced medical fellowship at Harvard, and will soon be moving back to Oregon to practice medicine at OHSU (Doernbecher Children’s Hospital) in Portland.  Between time spent riding horses, hiking, and finding great places to eat, I’m also hoping to spend more time traveling again, and expanding my range of subject matter in paintings.

Barbara Bassett from Michael Turner on Vimeo.

I’m also a dedicated fan of anything creative and learning new things.  Drawing, painting, designing homes and gardens, music, cooking, and any form of the arts perk my interest these days.  Balanced with yoga, and a good (or even average) glass of wine is the perfect ending to most of my days as we watch the sun set around the 30+ acres surrounding our house, barn and studio.  My least favorite things are figuring out how to wire/connect computers, cleaning the house, and figuring out directions without my GPS.



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What is Barbara’s painting style?

Of course, training and working along side other artists influences my work.  After untold hours of painting (and the never-ending quest to continue to improve!),  a “style” becomes like ones own handwriting.  You can probably see influences from some of the Russian Impressionist painters, including Sergi Bongart.  I also trained with Gregory Stocks, Kathryn Stats, Michael Albretson, Randall Lake, Susan Gallagher, and Pamela Ingalls.   The Cape School method of painting and “seeing” how to paint light also intrigues me.  So how does this mix show up on canvas?  Some galleries say it’s a “contemporary approach to representational art” and others note the impressionistic, painterly use of color and light.  Technically, I usually paint in an “alla prima” method in my studio, which dovetails nicely with the speed and instinctual approach that “en plein air” – or painting outside in nature requires.

Aside from what what we call it,  I hope it reminds you of some of your own experiences.  The color, forms, and sense of light.  The energy or the calm.  It’s a visual language that connects us all–one to another.

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Where can I see Barbara’s work?

You’ll note I sell my work in a few galleries (see home page under “Galleries) and have several upcoming shows. But I also enjoy meeting new people when I have an open studio event or when they contact me to help them find just the right piece for their home or office location.

I’m always painting something new, and sometimes it sells before I actually open a new show.  I try to keep images updated on this site, but if there is something specific you’re looking for I can notify you in advance.  Last week I painted scenes from the Oregon Coast, and the remainder of this week I’m painting all the fabulous birds hanging outside my window.  The following week it might be more landscapes or something else added to the mix.

In the future, I’m going to add a section titled “Fresh Paint,” so make sure to leave me a note with your contact information and I’ll send you updates occasionally.  I will guard your contact information and make sure it’s not shared with any other source.  Hope to see or hear from you soon!


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