Barbara grew up in Orange County and from a very early age her teachers in elementary school encouraged her German immigrant parents to send her to art school. But funds were not available so hours and days were spent in public libraries. Barbara was happiest with her lap filled with books with wonderful pictures of all the great painters and artists of the world. Everyday was spent sketching and drawing and later painting with oils and acrylics. Her influences were the old Masters and later she loved Andrew Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and wildlife artist Robert Bateman.
Her other interests that occupied her time were animals. Her love for them allowed her to get a career at Orange County Animal control at the age of 19. Youngest ever to be hired and in a male dominated field She excelled in her job as a field officer, promoted to field Sergeant and eventually to Pubic Education Lieutenant. Her time there allowed her to handle the domestic and wild animals first hand and close up. As the Education Lieutenant she developed new information flyers, posters and programs for Orange county and designed the decal on the field trucks. A large mural was designed by her and volunteers were organized to come and paint the 140 foot long wall mural under her guidance.
During this time she also had her own equine training stable and she spent hours learning about her subjects which helped in portraying them in her art. Life was busy and most art was done in the wee hours of the night. She did commissioned pet portraits in oils and acrylics or western themed paintings. Photography was always a part of her life, but mostly as a tool to get good reference photos for her paintings and in booking photoshoots for equine portraits.
Then in 2013 she started to learn about digital art. Her photography bookings now offered artwork from the photos and she developed her skills in Photoshop. Self taught by experimenting and playing with her new medium, She entered
the Yorba Linda Art Alliance fair and exhibited her work there and was displayed in the Yorba Linda Library. She was also excepted and exhibited her nature photographs in the Orange County fair.
She made a refreshed commitment to her art in 2019 and gave herself a personal goal of working on her art everyday. Crash course self taught in Photoshop skills and developing a style that is her own. Her love of nature continues and fills her art photographs. Barbara enjoys the parks and beaches that Orange County offers and a lot of her art is created from photographs taken in Orange County. Her art prints are now available in museum grade paper giclee prints or giclee canvases.
See more amazing photography by Barbara on her website barbaramorrisonphotography.com