Barbara Thomason

Sometimes life is different than one expects.

Making art for me is a meditation that is constantly moving and evolving, swimming in the currents of life. The media I use depends on where I am.
At the age of seven I was scolded for carving up the underside of the family coffee table into horses with a razor blade. Mom was amazed that it looked like horses. At nine years old my art was exhibited at the Courthouse in Richmond VA. My oil paintings were in a group show, all adults except for me at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, I was eleven years old. To gain a fuller understanding of how the arts were valued and being used I began learning through working in the business of art. I would work, teach and paint during this time to support my art. As I began to understand the dynamics of the cultural matrix that we were planted in I also grew in my work. In those days artists were to have for the galleries "one voice". I have had many voices. Large canvases with quasi abstract interiors became my interest in the 70's. From that to the show in 1982 "Mixed Emotions" for the Women's Center in Cincinnati Ohio. The work moved into more expressive abstraction oil, acrylic, pastels depicting various core issues of women. The paintings were laced with figueration in different media. The show had an attendance of over 3000 individuals. I began experimenting with acrylics and air brush for surreal iconographic images for the show in 1984 in California. Large figuerative landscapes in oil moved into my focus. 1992-93 Painted and hand sewn objects, furniture, anything I could paint on became paintings. I relocated to Colorado. My work was shown in the Aspen Art Museum Regional Show. The work again was figuerative with emphasis on color and form to create the image.
The next ten years 2000-2006, figuerative images dealing with issues such as Mad Cow, Momento Mori, etc. in gouache 2008-2010 I produced paintings using acrylic/polymer resins on canvas or canvas board or masonite that were essentially meditations with fish. Again figueration and abstraction wove in and out in an image that was grounded in a matrix of the unseen and seen worlds. More recently 2011 - 2014 figeration and abstraction themes vary. I am still experimenting with the expressive qualities beyond aesthetics to create a more powerful bridge between viewer and image. I am working on a new body of work now.

Make Art and be well.

Barbara Thomason


ART 2009 - 2014

Paintings created during 2009- 2014.

Working mostly in acrylics, I work in layers. A painting may take several months or more to come to the level of presence that represents the content. The process of bringing out the image is a very organic one as the image will talk back to me and the final form is the result of this dialogue. Many times I have to set my intellect aside in order to be with the image evolving.

Daddy what are you doing? “Daddy what are you doing?”

16inx20in on canvas, mixed media 2009-2011

Mangrove Swamp “Mangrove Swamp”

Started 2009, finished 2010
Acrylic on canvas, 48 in x 36 in
The Swamp has a life of its own. Many life forms make the swamp their home.
The Piranha coexist with other lifeforms.
This image is a reminder to be aware of the life around us.

Fukashima “Fukashima”

Acrylic on masonite, 48in x 24in, 2011
This image was painted before Fukashima took place.
It manifested to me and I was compelled to paint it some 3 weeks
before the disaster took place.

Release “Release”

36inx24in acrylic on canvas, started 2009
I found some cutouts in the trash.
The image is about the release of spirit from flesh.
As I was dealing with death the metaphor was timely. In the background there is a skeleton
coming apart. Butterflies represent spirit moving on as we never die.

The Family - Plight or Flight? “The Family - Plight or Flight?”

48inx36in, acrylic on masonite/whiteboard with gold accents
The family unit is the bedrock of humanity.
The disintegration of the family is in itself a destabilizing of the organizing force for progress.
There is a choice to be made.

Eyes of an Artist “Eyes of an Artist”

14inx 8in Acrylic on paper, sketch 2010

Painting - 1981 - 1994

Contains paintings from the Exhibit "Mixed Emotions" 1981, design and book work done in 1992-94

Puberty 1981 “Puberty 1981”

48inx48in acrylic on canvas, 1981 Mixed Emotions Series.
The young girl has just entered Puberty. The older women are warning her not to do what they have done.

Joy 1984 “Joy 1984”

Cut paper, collage the chinese (Mandarin) symbol for Joy is in the background. The horse represents the unspoken communications from the life force. The horse brings messages from the invisible. The horse also symbolizes victory. In this image the victory over the darkness of sadness.