Artist of the Month: Barbara Brook
I try to chose subjects to paint that will appeal to others for their beauty or to capture the emotion of a scene, such as lights glistening through a crystal vase, or a serene landscape. Catching a glimpse of people’s everyday life also appeals to me. Evoking an emotion in the viewer, as it did to me, is my primary purpose for painting. My passion for painting allows me to share that love with others.
Most of my paintings are inspired by photos I have taken during travels around the U.S. as well as Europe, Asia, and Great Britain. Often a scene will capture my attention because of shadows cast by sunlight. Whether it is a picture of nature, doors and windows on old buildings, intriguing faces, or an Italian fishing boat I usually knows that it will eventually become a painting.