Chicago is home and provides much of my inspiration. EL tracks, old water tanks, neighborhoods and their inhabitants are all part of the urban landscape that I am drawn to. Working either with oils, watercolor, or pens, I strive to capture the mood of a scene that caught my attention in the first place.
If painting on site, I focus on capturing the light and shapes of the scene in a short period of time. If working with my own photographs, I’ll start with a drawing to work out the composition and value patterns. Making sure that all these elements make sense in a finished painting is a challenge: a continual learning experience. In the end, I hope the final work is one that the viewer can relate to.
© Barbara Kay Herring