9. Barb in green blouse

14622 W. Arzon Way Sun City West, AZ 85375
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EDUCATION: M.A., Eastern Michigan University
Major Field: Water Color Painting
Minor Field: Lithography and Etching
B.S., Wayne State University
Major Field: Art Education/Speech-English

Juror, Speaker, and Workshop Demonstrator, AZ 1992-2010
Paint/Computer Graphics Instructor, Glendale College,93-99
Fine Arts Dept. Head, Groves High School, Birm., MI 1981-91
Art Instructor, Birmingham Schools, Birmingham, MI 1965-80

-Demonstrated paint techniques to art org, Phoenix, AZ.
-Proposed and passed a Fine Arts graduation requirement for secondary education students, Birmingham Schools.
-Received grant for Computer Technology Fine Arts, Birm.

2009 ’06’04,’02,‘95,‘94 Western Fed San Diego, New Mexico, Dallas,TX
2008 AZ Artist Guild,Phoenix AZ Best of Show Award “Tickets from China”
2008 ‘07 ’04 Watercolor Art Society of Houston National, Houston TX
2008 ‘07‘06‘05’04,03,‘02,’01,98,'97'96'95'94'93'92 AWA Sign. Member
2007 ‘06 ‘05,‘02,‘99,‘97,’94 AZ Aqueous Nat.,Tubac, AZ,Sign. Member
2007 Western Colorado Watercolor Society, CO
2006 Watercolor Society of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
2006 Society of Watercolor Artists, Forth Worth, Texas
2005 Texas Society of Watercolor National Exhibition
2005 1995 National Watercolor Society 75th Annual, CA  -  Awarded Signature Membership in 1995
2005 ’03,’01 ‘99,’98,’96,’95,’94,’93 Northern AZ Watercolor Society
2005 ‘04 Missouri Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Sign. Member
2004 Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Wichita, KS
2003 San Diego International Exhibit, Merchant Award C. O'Connor
2003 ‘00, ‘98 Pennsylvania Watercolor National, Juror Frank Nofer
2006 ’02,’00 Taos New Mexico National, Taos NM, Merchant Award
2002 Texas Watercolor Society 53rd Annual, Juror’s Award, Travel Show
2003 02, 01, ‘99, ‘98 Arizona Artist Guild, University of Phoenix,  -  Awards of Excellence, Juror's Award
1999 Arizona Watercolor Association Exhibition, Gammage Tempe AZ  -  Best of Show Award for "Ladder to the Sky"
1998 Pennsylvania Watercolor National, Pittsburgh PA
1998 ’97,’92 Glendale Festival of Arts, Glendale AZ, 1st Place Collage
1994 Northwest Watercolor Society, Juror Katherine Chang-Lui
1986 Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birm.MI Juror Romare Bearden
Numerous prior awards

2005 Daniel Smith Reference Catalog 05-06, painting, Pinckney Visit
2001 editor, AWA 40th Anniversary Fine Arts Book, Paragon Press
1999 The Creative Touch 3, Chris Unwin, Creative Art Press
1998 authored,"Rules Are Meant to be Broken", Watercolor Magic Magazine
1997 Best of Watercolor II, Betty Lou Schlemm, Rockport Publishers
1997 authored, "Artists Learn Through Educational Critiques, National Watercolor Society Newsletter

2008 Lord of Life Church Gallery, Sun City West, AZ
2007 & 2001 West Valley Fine Arts Council, Avondale, AZ
2005 & 1994 Glendale Gallery, Glendale Community College, AZ
1997 West Valley Museum of Art, Great Gallery, Sun City, AZ
1997 Carey Gallery, Rochester, MI
1995 St. Joseph Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
1981 Sill Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
1979 Oak Park Cultural Commission, Oak Park, MI

2008 The Foursome, Church of the Beatitudes, Phoenix, AZ
2008,07 ‘06 '04 Contemporary Watercolorists AZ,Fountain Hills, AZ
2003 Espirit Decor Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2002 Quintessence Fine Art Gallery, Chandler, AZ
2000 Sky Harbor International Airport Art Gallery, AZ
2000 Central Gallery, Burton Barr Library, Phoenix, AZ
1998 Shemer Art Center, Eclectric Electric Exhibition, AZ
1996-99 Glendale Community College, Faculty Show, AZ

Nevada Watercolor Society, Signature Exhibit, Las Vegas, NV
Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild's Signature Exhibit, Tucson, AZ
Art by Architect's, Phoenix, AZ
Church of the Beatitutes Annual Exhibit, Glendale, AZ

“Chinese Scroll Painting” Phoenix, AZ
"Collage with Japanese Rice Paper", SAWG, Tucson, AZ
"Powdered Pigments from Ochre Quarries in Roussillon, France", AZ
"Collage Costa Rica Style",Arizona Watercolor Association, Phoenix, AZ

National Watercolor Society, Signature member 1995
Arizona Watercolor Assoc., Honor Society, Royal Member, President 01-03
Western Federation Society, AWA delegate,1998-2000 Signature member ‘04
Arizona Artist Guild, Juried member
Northern Arizona Watercolor Society, Juried member
Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society, 1981
Inclusion in Who's Who in the West, 1993-1995-2007

"Interactions with other artists and students will always remain a part of my growth. The content of my paintings are based on my personal response to my surroundings whether traveling or in my studio. Symbolic motifs may be used to represent my images, especially a ladder/houses/pagodas."

As a studio artist Barbara spent years as a watercolor painter then worked with fluid acrylics. She used a camera as a tool to photograph her paintings for national and local competitions. In 2010, she joined the Sun City West 500 members photo club. Photoshop Elements knowledge along with camera classes helped her acquire new skills. Upgrading from a pocket size camera to a larger more complex Canon G-12 increased her skills. Then Barbara discovered creative filters in Photoshop 12 which have led her to develop newer creations.

Currently she is producing cross-over images from the photos to her paintings. The content of her art comes from producing “altered reality” images from “real life” photos.





 1. roses photo
 Roses Photo


 2. roses with filter
 Roses with Filter


 5. U of M new lib stairs
U of M Library Stairs Photo


 6. U of M library with filters
U of M Library Stair with Filter


 7. tropical flowers photo
Tropical Flowers Photo


 8. tropical flowers with filters
Tropical Flowers with Filters




b.freedman-yellow door

Yellow Door
Acrylic on paper
image size 22x30



Red House Blue Border
Acrylic on paper
image size 11x11



China at Night
Acrylic on paper
image size 30x22



6rowhouses sm
6 Row Houses
Acrylic on paper
image size 30x22


redhouseblue ladder
Red House Blue Ladder
Acrylic on paper
22x30 image size



4 in a Row
Acrylic on paper
22x30 image size



Blue Roof
Acrylic on paper
22x30 image size



Hill Houses
Acrylic on paper
22x30 image size



Mini House
Acrylic on paper
5x7 image size



12 Row Houses
Acrylic on paper
22x30 image size



dawningofanew day
Dawning of a New Day
Acrylic on paper
30x22 image size



sunset pink
Sunset Pink
Acrylic on paper
30x22 image size



White-Out vertical
Acrylic on paper
30x22 image size



White-Out horizontal
Acrylic on paper
22x30 image size



Red Pagoda
Acrylic on paper
30x22 image size



China Banners
Acrylic on paper
30x22 image size