Sunday, March 24, 2013

Marbo Barnard

 “Koi” © Marbo Barnard

Name: Marbo Barnard, PSA
Bio: Marbo Barnard was born and raised in Japan, and came to the United States in 1956, starting to paint shortly afterwards. She has had a consistent and successful artistic career ever since. She has been successful in over 100 major juried exhibitions in the US and abroad, including the American Pastel Society, the Knickerbocker Artists, the IAPS, and numerous national pastel associations.  In addition to the office of President, her lengthy and indispensable tenure on the Board of the Pastel Society of the West Coast included overseeing the prestigious annual international exhibition Pastels U.S.A. which receives 400 to 500 entries from all over the world. In 2008 the PSWC presented her with the Pastel Laureate Award, the highest honor bestowed by that society. Her paintings have featured in various art magazines, including the Pastel Journal, February 2006, the Artist’s Magazine, and Gekan-Bijutsu Japan. She work has also been included in Best of Pastels and Floral Inspirations (Rockport) and Art of Pastel Portraiture, by Madlyn-Ann Woolwich (Watson-Guptill).
Marbo has just (2013) released her book A Life in Pastels.
Medium: Pastel; oil pastel 
Subjects: Figurative; still life; landscape
Style: Representational. Her work clearly reflects her Japanese heritage.
Navigation: An elegant website, with the links expressed as little crane logos on the home page. Website is Flash-based throughout.
Image View:  Images are scrolled through a Flash viewer. No download is possible.  Given the considerable range and timescale of Marbo’s art, it would be rewarding to have more images, and on a larger scale. The gallery is upfront about being a small sample of her work, but looking for it on line is not very fruitful either. This is a regrettable omission for such a major figure in pastel.
Blog/Demo: No
Facebook: Yes

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