Barbara Brennan


Art has always been an important part of my family. My great- grandmother and grandmother both painted; my grandfather was an architect; my mother worked in batik and pastels; my uncle is a professional cartoonist; and my cousin is a jewelry designer. Unlike some of my less fortunate artist friends, I was encouraged to pursue a career in the arts, and I chose exhibition and graphic design, a profession I have enjoyed for over 30 years.

Since semi-retiring in 2012, I have turned to painting in oils and pastels with a particular interest in documenting disappearing landscapes, both urban and rural, and the ways of life they represent.  Beyond pure documentation however, I am fascinated by changing weather conditions, faded wood, rusting metal, and dramatic cloud formations.  I photograph my subjects at different times of the year and day, and paint from my own photographs.  Whenever possible I research and write brief histories of the abandoned farm houses and factories I paint.

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