About Me

Barb Stevens-Newcomb


Hello and welcome. I'm glad you found me! My Name is Barb Stevens-Newcomb and I live outside of Eugene, Oregon, in the Willamette Valley. 

In making art and in simply seeing the world, color, contrast and movement greatly interest me, as do wide open landscapes, twisting rivers, and the great sweep of skies. Marshes, fields and the rolling hills that I explored as a child in rural Wisconsin also often end up in my art.  

At age seven I began a life-long love for art and I visited the Chicago Art Institute and attended art school at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Later at the University of Oregon and Tulsa University , I earned degrees in Art and Art Education and became a teacher and painter. I taught school for many decades and now I spend my time painting, taking photographs and writing. 

My work has been exhibited in a few places around this country and is owned in private collections in Oregon, California, Washington, Wisconsin and New York.    

Exhibits in Oregon

  • Laurel Fisher Gallery, Tate Building, Eugene 
  • Springfield Arts Commission, Springfield
  • Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene
  • Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis 
  • ArtQuake, Portland
  • Emerald Art Center, Springfield

EXHIBITS IN OKLAHOMA,          NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON

  • Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Mamaroneck, NY
  • Tulsa University, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Folklife Festival, Seattle WA

     Education

  • BA - Art Education University of Oregon
  • MTA - Art Education University of Tulsa
  •  IAL - University of Oregon

Inspiration

At age seven I fell in love with original paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. Along with his work and life, I have also been inspired by the work of colorists Georgia O’Keefe, Joan Miró and Vassily Kandinsky, as well as Helen Frankenthaler. The landscapes of my childhood and the northwest landscapes of my current home have inspired me. My teachers Vincent Nicoletti, Roger McCalister and Ken Davis and the Art and Art History professors at the University of Oregon and Tulsa University provided great inspiration to me as well.

Techniques

Q: How do you get brilliant colors using watercolor? A: I paint in layers, allowing each layer to dry before adding another. I also only use alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow and ultramarine blue, and mix them to make all of my colors.

Q: How do you create the very dark darks in your paintings?  A: With watercolor I use layers of alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue mixed together and layered until it looks like black. But it is not. It is deeper and richer. 

Q: Do you make cards or prints of your work?  A: Yes I do. 

Q: Is your color mixing process similar with oils? A: Yes, except instead of going from light to dark as I do for watercolors, I go from dark to light in oils, but I still prefer to make all my own colors from alizarin crimson, cad yellow and ultramarine blue. 

Q: Do you teach watercolor and painting workshops? A: Yes!

career highlights

* Completing three large scale wildlife murals for the University of Oregon, intended to inspire outdoor program participants and celebrate wildlife, wilderness and wilderness adventure. 

* The unique commissioned works that I have created for individuals that make a difference in their lives. 

* My work is created in the hope that viewers are inspired to feel what it is they need to feel. Making Art as an Act of Love, the work can become subconsciously what the viewer will most benefit from.

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