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Barbara Wagner

My paintings are abstract explorations of color, line, texture, shape, and space.  Although at times they are inspired  by the world around me – water imagery,textiles,places visited such as the colorful floating villages of Cambodia,the patinas of old Italy,or the myriad patterns and textures of Botswana wildlife- it is the act of painting itself, the creation of my own varied shapes and textures and the orchestration of color that I find most inspiring.

I love beginning on a blank, white canvas. I work in oil but frequently add bits and pieces of collage,  and the two mediums become interwoven on the canvas. As the painting proceeds, a dialog is established that is on-going and dynamic – a giving and taking, an adding and subtracting – an intimate partnership between canvas and artist, until the painting “works” and feels complete. Frequently, a painting will begin in my imagination in response to a prior painting, whereby a series is born, until the journey ends.

Abstraction sets me free. It encourages exploration of aesthetic richness and complexity, and pushes me into uncharted territory.


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