CCH Art Exhibit by Heather Stoddart Barros

March 18, 2019
Heather Barros Painting Exhibit Princeton University

"I paint for the joy of it. The first strokes on a blank canvas are the start of an adventure. There is a thrill somewhere near the start when you contemplate that this next work may be the best anyone has ever made. A few more strokes and you separate yourself from the constraints of what you already know. Soon after, you hit your stride, surrendering yourself to the present moment, where nothing matters but what your mind sees and your hands produce. Every detail is critical and every nuance is fascinating. In what seems like moments, you are exhausted! You realize that hours have passed.The rest of the world reappears and you feel acutely alive. But if you are forced to explain where you’ve been, everything contradicts everything else." ~ Heather Stoddart Barros

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Friday, March 15 - Friday, June 7, 2019

Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

113 Dickinson Hall, Princeton University

Heather Stoddart Barros specializes in painting landscapes, figures, and portraits, directly from observation, from sketches and photographs, and from memory and imagination. Barros has a scientific background in geology, which informs her investigative approach to the world. Artistically, her current interests are pulling her away from pure representation. She likes to paint the vision perceived in the mind's eye. These landscapes are not quite abstract, but they also never existed. With figure paintings, Barros hopes to suggest strong narratives that are destined to remain ambiguous. Barros's influences include the work and teaching approaches of two artists. Gregory Perkel, a Russian artist with whom she studied for ten years, is a master of classical painting techniques. She also studied with Christine Lafuente, from whom she learned a looser, luminous, more painterly style. Barros founded and directs Art Collaborations, an art school in Princeton offering year-round classes for children, teens, and adults. She has been teaching art in the Princeton area for 25 years.

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