Vintage Structures Art Photography
Complexities of Nature Photos
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My photography art reflects a love of color, shape and texture. I am especially drawn to the complexities of nature and the things that reside there, such as interesting compositions that lend themselves to abstraction. My nostalgic side looks for structural elements in our surroundings, such as abandoned farm buildings from long ago.
My process begins with photographing things in nature that initially look rather bland, but have interesting lines. Then I use digital processes to add vibrant color that brings the photographed object back to life. I also soften the image so that it resembles a painting as much as a photograph. The image is then printed with archival pigment inks on canvas or paper.
102 E. Moore Ave. Suite 205
Terrell, Texas 75160
Barbara Booth is a visual artist who has taught, published and exhibited in galleries, with work in private collections.
Muzeion Gallery, Dallas, TX 2015, 2016
Luminarte Gallery, Dallas, TX 2015
Gallery Main Street, Tyler, TX 2013, 2014
Copper Shade Tree Gallery, Round Top TX, 2012
Textile Art Show, Terrell, TX 2008
Texas Visual Arts Association, Dallas, TX 2008
Houston TX International Quilt Show, 2002
Member of Eastside Fiber Artists & Dallas Area Fiber Artists
Judge for Mesquite, Texas Quilt Show, 2008-2012, 2017
Art studio in historic Brin Building in Terrell, Texas since 2006
Two patterns published in Keepsake Quilting catalog, 2004, 2005
Co-Chair Terrell Heritage Jubilee Quilt Show since 2002
Teacher of quilt classes since 2001
Designer of quilt patterns since 1999
Barbara started her art education with seven years of individualized study of various fine art techniques. Photography became an added interest of study and then the world of textiles as she turned to fiber art. Workshops with nationally known fiber artists furthered her knowledge of color and design. She incorporated digital photography into her art textiles. Barbara now specializes in archival photographic pigment prints that reflect her love of color, shape and texture.
Barbara has her BSW in Social Work and her M.S. in Psychology from Texas
A & M University in Commerce, Texas. Her interest in these fields may explain her
preference for designing on an intuitive level as well as her desire to portray relational dynamics and touch viewers emotionally.
Art Through the Mind’s Eye
Many artists have been drawn to some form of art for as long as they can remember. Barbara has a very specific memory of a creative awakening at an early age. “Mom had a children’s craft show playing on television. The teacher was demonstrating how to make projects out of colored construction paper. I was so taken with the crisp sound of her scissors cutting up the paper into different shapes. It gave me this irresistible urge to go make something and be creative!”
In addition to learning her mother’s sewing and other needlework skills, Barbara loved to paint and photograph. Although interested in pursuing an art education, she was encouraged to follow a more sustainable career path. She chose to engage private art study of various fine art techniques while earning a Social Work degree and a Master’s degree in Psychology. That marriage of interests eventually led to the concept of
“Art Through the Mind’s Eye”.
Barbara utilized her degrees in the mental health field, both as a practitioner and an administrator. Concurrently, she delved into quilting and fiber art as a pattern designer, teacher, and enthusiast of learning the aspects of having her own business. She enjoyed working on an intuitive level and found both meaning and humor in her art. She credits her study of psychology for helping her portray relational dynamics in her work. This can often be seen in the titles of her photographs.
West Lafayette, Indiana was her birthplace while her father completed his engineering education at Purdue University. He secured a career in Dallas, Texas when Barbara was less than two years old. However, she still holds feelings of nostalgia for her birthplace as evidenced by her colorful photograph of an old barn in Indiana, she titled “Indiana Nostalgia”. She credits her father for her attention to detail as he was quite the perfectionist. Complementing that is her mother’s interests in handwork and other relatives who enjoyed painting and photography.
Claude Monet is her favorite artist as evidenced by her love of impressionism and soft images. However, she is also enamored with Georgia O’Keefes work, especially her floral subject matter. Barbara’s favorite painting medium is watercolors and her favorite quilt process to teach was a watercolor style. She brings this consistency into her photography by utilizing techniques that soften images and even make them look more like a painting than a photograph.
Subject matter includes nature, nostalgia and interesting “overlooked” objects. Sometimes realism travels to the semi-abstract end of the continuum, but is always based on a real object. Barbara finds great subjects at the 26 acre rural home she shares with her husband, as well as their travels. Since childhood, she has been drawn to wooded areas where she finds inspiration, peace and contentment. That and her studio are her favorite places to spend time.
Barbara has shown and sold her art at galleries in Round Top, Tyler and Dallas, Texas, as well as in area art shows. She enjoys collaborating with an interior designer to put the perfect art in clients’ homes. Her studio also features a small gallery area and is in the Brin Opera House, a three-story building from the late 1800’s with lots of character and a variety of tenants. “It always pleases me to hear that visitors love the peacefulness and creativity they sense in my studio. I like to think of it as a happy place!”
Barbara’s photography is very colorful and prints beautifully on paper or canvas, using only archival pigment prints to ensure superior color and permanence. Her process begins with photographing things in nature that initially look rather bland, but have interesting lines. She uses digital processes to add vibrant color that brings the photographed object back to life. A favorite compliment is “You have a good eye”. And, indeed, she does.
Artistic genius seems to be an appropriate description of Barbara Booth's latest artistic endeavors. We were mesmerized by her history and explanation of what she does, which has become a true passion. Our eyes and minds were expanded to view everything in the world in a special way, especially, those things heretofore, unnoticed in our world. Remember to tell Barbara where to find more "Art Through the Mind's Eye" treasures. Her gift shop is open by appointment. Contact her 972-948-5148 or go to her website barbarabooth.com or shopvida.com/collections/art-11 . Her creations are spectacular and visually evident on leggings, purses, hanging art, shawls and much more.
From minutes of the FINE Ladies Club, by Suzy McCook
Can you print large sizes?
Yes. I have printed 45" x 60". Let me know what size you have in mind.
Do you offer framing on paper images?
Not at this time.
Do the canvas prints need to be framed?
No, they look great hanging unframed, especially if you enjoy a more contemporary look.
How long does it take to get a custom order?
Generally I can ship within 2 weeks of receiving your order.
Is the color as good as shown on your computer?
YES! I am always delighted to see how vibrant the colors printed, even on large canvases.
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102 E. Moore Ave., Suite 205, Terrell, TX 75160, us
Monday - Friday: By appointment