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About Me

Barb Stevens-Newcomb


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

My art work reflects an abstraction of landscapes, rivers, and skies, filled with intense colors, contrasts and a strong sense of movement. I love the the land of my childhood, the marshes, fields and the rolling hills of rural, Waukesha County, Wisconsin. It informs much of what I create. My work also expresses finding home in oneself.  

At age seven I became an artist, falling in love with original paintings of Vincent Van Gogh at the Chicago Art Institute, which began a life-long love for art. I attended art school at the Milwaukee Art Museum as a youngster, later studying at several universities and earning degrees in Art and Art Education. I went on to become a teacher and painter. 

My work has been exhibited on both coasts and in the mid west.  

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

New York/Washington/Oklahoma

  • 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 such 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 if 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

My work is created in the hope that it inspires people to feel deeply what it is they need to feel. I make Art as an Act of Love and it can become for the viewer what the viewer needs. So my career highlights include when I have done commissions for individuals and the paintings really fit into their lives, making a difference to them. 

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