Artist’s Statement

Experience. Interpretation. Expression.

“Moments of keen observation become the catalysts for my paintings. Experiences where my senses are fully engaged with my environment lead to concepts that beg for interpretation.”

“I generally paint in a representational style. However, I often add graphic elements or symbols to some paintings; these paintings I describe as ‘realism with a twist’.”

“By rendering both still life and landscape elements, I’ve found a vehicle for visually expressing familiar emotions, experiences, and ideas. The act of painting teaches me not only about the characteristics of light and surfaces, but also about the limitations (and possibilities) of paint and canvas. As I paint I open up new possibilities.”

— Barbara Peterson | Artist, Art Instructor


Barbara Peterson is a formally trained artist who earned her B.F.A. from New York’s Pratt Institute with honor and continued study at The Arts Students League (NYC) and Ridgewood Art Institute (NJ) under master artists and teachers.

Barbara contemplates ideas she wishes to convey and then searches her environment for the objects, subjects or tools to convey her thoughts. Barbara evaluates how each element in the image relates to the others, and how each will need to be rendered to work together in the painting.

Barbara is thankful for her formal art training and she continues to expand her work through the practice of regularly painting in her studio and outdoors, visiting exhibits, and studying the work of other artists.

Barbara and her husband John now live in central Indiana.

Galleries & Art Associations

Indiana Artists – Indianapolis, IN
Hoosier Salon – Indianapolis, IN

Professional Associations

Professional Associations
New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO)
The MI Network