Chicago, Barrett Edwards is a third generation artist, instructor, art
juror and public speaker whose award-winning work first drew attention
in France. Her introductory exhibition in Paris sold out. That success
was followed shortly by an exhibit at the historic Salon d’Autumne at
the Grand Palais in Paris, and acceptance into the Grand Prix
International de Peinture de Lammelin (Paris), Atelier Melusine
(Switzerland) and her work is in the permanent collection of the
Steamboat Art Museum, Colorado. Her oil paintings have recently appeared
in the Reece Witherspoon movie, “The Good Lie” and the USA TV network
series, “Reasonable Roughness”.
Barrett took her first
serious art lesson at age 6. Over the ensuing years, she studied,
observed, sketched and practiced in a variety of media: watercolor,
acrylics, pastels, collage, pen/ink and oils. Continuing her studies
under Matt Smith, Gerald Brommer, Tom Nicholas, Skip Lawrence, Stephen
Quiller and numerous others, Barrett has become a skilled observer of
shape and value.
Barrett’s art moves
seamlessly between representational oil paintings and innovative
abstracted landscapes in mixed media. Her representative works focus on
taking the scene before her and making it more than is visible; she adds
emotion, subtracting detail and capturing just the essential. Barrett
paints the Provencal, Tuscan, Coastal and Colorado landscapes that
reflect the breadth of her experiences there over the past 30 years.
Color, form and texture
provide the foundation for Barrett’s large-scale abstract paintings.
Using large palette knives, wide brushes and a variety of marking tools
to shape color and give form to texture, her abstracted landscapes
reflect a unique simplification of nature.
Barrett continues to share
her passion for painting with others, teaching workshops in Tuscany,
Provence, The Bahamas, Main, Colorado, Kentucky and Naples.