Barbara’s art is inspired by nature and its bounty. In her
chicken portraits, still lives and landscapes, she tries to place the viewer in
the scene she interprets. In her human
portraits, usually done in natural settings, she tries to draw the viewer into
empathetically experiencing the person portrayed. She hopes she conveys her
delight in life’s gifts as depicted in her art.
A North Dakota native, Barbara has lived in rural
southeastern Michigan since the 70s, raising a family with her husband. She earned a B.A. in art and later an M.A.E.
and an M.A. TESOL, teaching art and ESL for 36 years in both private and public
institutions. Like most art teachers,
she has worked in all media at one time or other, but currently concentrates on
oil, encaustic, and acrylic painting.
Embracing retirement, Barbara pursues art making in earnest,
pausing only to travel, socialize, visit galleries and museums and work in her gardens. In the last six years, she has exhibited in
juried shows in Michigan and other states, won several awards, including two
Best of Show and also participates in non-juried venues through the Ann Arbor
Women Artists association.
Juried venues include Todd Gallery at Middle Tennessee State
University; Kreft Gallery, Concordia College; Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, UM
Dearborn; Birmingham-Bloomfield Art
Center, Scarab Club, Lowell Art Center; Gallery 50, Traverse City; Ann Arbor
Link to her Independent website at bfboyceart.vpweb.com and
the AAWA-affiliated website at annarborwomenartists.org