“Growing up near the Hudson River, just north of New York City, I was strongly drawn to its cliffs the outcroppings of nearby rock. I began my art career as a sculptor wanting to express in my work my resonance to the internal forces of these formations and their organic surfaces.
When my infatuation with paint as a medium solidified, my interests expanded to include line, color and the application of paint. Whatever medium I use, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pen and ink, my work mimics my early handling of clay. I build layer upon layer upon layer, searching for form and compositional relationships, proportions, the edge, and the emotional character of the subject.
Many of my paintings result from my interest in the human form. In some of my work the figure’s mood is introspective, in others, the movement and relationships of figures to another or to the space of the canvas takes precedence. I draw influence and inspiration from artists Eakins, Lembruck, Goya, Freud, Manzu, Gocometti, Bruegel, Etruscan and certain Medieval sculptures and the Abstract Expressionists.
The desire to be more abstract and expressive has also lead me to an ongoing study of plant forms. A few years ago I became intrigued with dried plants, working from them permitted me to use my drawing and paint surfaces more expressively and inspired a more abstract painterly approach. Plus, I also enjoy the challenge of portraiture and landscape painting. I always welcome portrait commissions. .” ~ Barbara Shafer
Shafer received her BFA in “Sculpture”, from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Painting from the University of Cincinnati. Barbara is also an accomplished dancer and teacher. She lives and creates in Eau Claire, Wisconsin alongside her artist/teacher husband – Anders Shafer.Visit Artist's Page