About

barbaraSWAI was born in Wisconsin and attended college there and in Syracuse, New York. After graduate school, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a career in finance. Throughout my professional career, I was invariably involved in some creative endeavor to balance my analytical side, including theater, ballroom dance and art. In 2004, I decided to leave the finance industry to pursue my artistic side. I earned a degree in Multimedia Art and Technology and am now a freelance web designer as well as a traditional artist.

 

While I enjoy web design, my true passion is painting. An artist in various mediums for 15 years, I first tried watercolor in 2004 and never looked back. I love the translucent properties of the medium, and the challenge of “saving your whites.” I enjoy painting florals that dance with light, inspired by my love of gardening and of roses in particular. I have studied with various local artists including Julie Andrews, Joyce Faulknor, Guy Magallanes, Kay Carney and Stewart Givot, and continue to take classes to further my art education.

 

Affiliations

Society of Western Artists
Sequoia Art Group
San Carlos Fine Arts Association

Awards

2016 Society of Western Artists Signature Award
2016 San Mateo County Fair – One First, Two Seconds, and two Honorable Mentions
2016 Redwood City Spring Art Fair – First and Third Place
2015 Society of Western Artists April/May Show – First Place
2015 Redwood City Spring Art Fair – First Place
2014 Redwood City Spring Art Fair – Second and Third Places
2013 San Carlos Fine Arts Association – First Place for 2013
2013 Sequoia Art Group Popular Vote – First Place for 2013
2013 Redwood City Spring Art Fair – First Place and Honorable Mention
2012 Society of Western Artists April/May Show – First Place
2011 Redwood City Spring Art Fair – Second Place
2011 San Mateo County Fair – Second Place
2010 San Mateo County Fair – First Place
2009 San Mateo County Fair – two First Place and one Honorable Mention