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Barbara Willis

As an artist who works in pastels and oils, Barbara Florence Willis has devoted many years to her art career, during which she has displayed her works at numerous U.S. venues. Of particular note is her one-man show, Elements of Spring help in 1993 at the Cuneo Museum and Gardens, in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Apart from that, since the late 1980’s, she has participated in some 50 exhibitions, from group shows to those of a national character.

Willis, winner of the 1995 Designated Master Pastelist from the Pastel Society of America, has earned close to 20 awards for her art, which is primarily pastels, acrylics, and oils.

Willis’s art is in the style of the Boston School of American Impressionist. To use her own words, her art is “realism combined with heightened observation to true color and light.” Willis’s objective is to create true luminosity of color in her paintings and she wants her work to be filled with joyous feelings. She accomplishes this with her application of colors, which lends an iridescent light flowing across her forms.

Willis was born on December 17, 1932 in Bronx, NY. In 1955 she graduated from Vesper George School of Art, Boston, MA, with an Associate of Arts degree in Interior Decoration. In addition, she studied art with Robert Douglas Hunter and Robert Cummings. The various art societies in which she holds or has held membership consists of the American Artists Professional League, the Pastel Society of America, Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists, as well as the Academic Artists Association (Springfield, MA), the Copley Society of art (Boston), the New Hampshire, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Guild of Boston Artists.

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