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Artist Barbara A. Wood

Barbara Wood, mid 20th Century, from Columbus, Ohio.

by Barbara Wood

"Afternoon Checker" by Barbara Wood.

"Painting to me is a joy, a challenge, a fulfillment and a love affair. It is a vehicle for expressing impressions I have drawn from a tangible world, where color is the music of painting."
  • Barbara Wood grew up in Columbus; graduated from Toledo high school; attended Traphagen School of Fashion in New York on a scholarship; at this school she discovered an expressive and creative ability that led her to pursue her talent on a different level in Fine Arts.

  • With encouragement from her instructors, Wood enrolled at the Art Students League in New York, where she completed a formal art studies program.

  • Later in her career, marriage eventually took her to Southern California, but in order to develop her unique technique, Wood continued with post graduate art studies at the Otis Parsons Art Institute and then on to the Pasadena School of Fine Arts.

  • Barbara Wood was raised by three generations of women and their personalities and her early childhood has influenced her artistic themes in different ways; as a child, she was often plagued by illness and spent many hours alone, dreaming of friends, so that these personages became the ones she created on the drawing board.

  • Because Barbara Wood was alone so much, her mother encouraged Barbara to draw and paint, all the while she was on the inside looking out at the world around her; this childhood dilemma has evoked much of the sensitivity in her paintings, lithographs, serigraphs and Giclée process.

  • For thirty years, she has focused on women as her primary subject she has brought forth a fresh approach in her reflection of mood and intimacy of each situation, capturing the essence of a moment others have experienced; by probing the depths of human drama and the plights of humanity, artist Barbara Wood has offered in her motifs a glimpse of the universal woman dealing with the daily conditions that surround her.

  • Her artistic expression became an important aspect of his being, of her life and even if she was caring for one of her children, she would find a way to nurture her child and yet still fulfil her need for creativity; motherhood was another theme entwined within artist Barbara Wood's themes.

  • Afternoon Checkers by artist Barbara Wood, clearly depicts her artistic communication of the simple pleasure derived in a common checkers game between two people; in a unique and energetic style, she has caught a decisive moment at the checkerboard and filled the motif with a vitality and life, yet at the same time instilled a serenity, a poetic delicacy, within the setting surrounding the checkers play; her bold palette of vibrant colors reinforces Barbara’s individualistic, figurative style, that is marked with a distinct imagination, insight and love of her subject.

  • Wood has drawn her viewer into the imagery within the spirit of the game of checkers in a way that (s)he can reflect on or identify with the inherent symbolism ~ the artist message ~ the personal moment depicted in the enjoyable game at the checkerboard on this lovely, bright afternoon.







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Wonder Mugs Play checkers online, and enjoy drinking from this cool wonder mug.
When adding hot liquid, the colors of the mug will change, checkers cool.

Checkers is a two-player game, where one player is assigned white-chip checkers and the other red. The aim is to play checkers online, capture all of the other player's checkers or make them impossible to move.

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