My name is Barbara Haviland. I have been creating fine art for over 40 years. I am mostly a self-taught, raw artist who draws inspiration from the world around me.
My world is my art and each day is a new canvas of things to paint. Constant motion fills our lives and surrounds us, and it is a gift that I can spend my days telling my stories through my art. Barb’s
Garden centers on my love for flowers and landscapes. My flower paintings have been highly collected over the past fifteen years as well as my Bayou paintings that capture the beauty of south Louisiana and Texas. I hope you will enjoy the ‘stories’ I share with my brushes and my palette knife at hand.
I love taking workshops to further my learning. You can always learn something new. I usually paint from my photos ( but love painting outdoors). I love bright, bold, rich colors. I feel satisfied when someone can see the love I have put into the piece that I have created whether it is a landscape, a floral, a portrait, or a seascape. At this stage in my art career, I enjoy painting in Plein Air. It is both exciting and frustrating. Light changes, and shadows move, but I love it! A paint brush is my favorite tool. You can just about do anything with a brush and some paint. Painting brings out my passion. It is like reading a book; you can go anywhere. It is my escape. The problems of the world fade away. For a few moments, it is just me and the canvas. I feel as though I am meant to create art. GOD has blessed me in this way.
I create in oils and usually paint on a canvas. I stretch my own canvas. Winsor Newton paints are my personal preference. Everything about painting just makes my day. I never get bored. Now that I am retired, I paint every day. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and must get it sketched on a canvas. I start with a vision and go from there. It just flows. Painting fills me with joy.
I am married to Sam, my husband of 55 years. We have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. We have been fortunate enough to travel the country. I paint wherever we are. I do not think I could survive without painting. It is my drug of choice. I need it. I have to do it every single day. I am a sight painter. I simply paint what I see. Lately, my art has been taking on a fresh look of looseness, and I like it. Plein Air is my new thing. It feels great to create! Painting is very relaxing and gratifying. It is freeing. The world around us is so beautiful. I try to capture its raw beauty on my canvas. I love to paint landscapes of the bayou. They are my favorite! I also love painting flowers as well as animals. I paint everything. If you have a photo, I can paint it. I am so thankful to be able to paint and create art.
I have been juried in Oil Painters of America
I belong to Associated Louisiana Artists/Gallery By The Lake