"Art has always held my interest and I always wanted to be an artist and an art teacher since I was a child," said Barbara Gustaveson. "As an art educator I have been able to experiment with my art and it pushed me to develop my own talents. The medium that I enjoy the most is watercolor, and I look for new ways to use the medium.
"Flowers are beautiful, but also intriguing. There is much more than meets the eye with a flower, there are hidden and complex colors. Watercolor flows and has a mind of its own. I find it exciting and challenging to control a medium that is not easily controlled, as well as using the natural spontaneity of its unique characteristics. Finding and using untraditional ways, such as making a flat watercolor painting into sculpture is one way to add variety and interest to my work.
"The use of bright colors symbolizes happiness and freedom and creation. I use yellow in all my paintings which represents the sun and how it makes things come to life, as well as the warmth it gives me. The blue represents the sky and serenity and how I feel when I am outside feeling the atmosphere."
You will see below, both landscapes of oil on canvas and watercolor florals and more. Enjoy Barbara's versatility as you peruse these pieces!!
The Lone Cypress, Carmel, California
Julia Pfifer Barnes Falls, Big Sur, California
The California Coast near Big Sur
Morgan Valley Barn
Springtime in Wellsville, Utah
Canyon near Dinosaur National Park, Utah
Near Flaming Gorge in the Fall
Yellow Calla Lilies
Pink Cone Flower
Blue Iris with Background
Evening Mountain Sky
Abstract in Blue and Yellow
While no price is listed here, all pieces are for sale. Check back for information on how to contact Barbara and learn more about her art.