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Barbara Meadows May

 
Dublin, Virginia

Artist's Statement

Barbara's art has been a way for her to make a connection with the natural world, with bears especially. The natural environment in its most pristine state has always held the greatest fascination for her because it is charged with forces unknown, yet familiar. It is the unknown spirit that she endeavors  to capture in each painting.

After living in the west for 40 years Barbara returned to the Appalachian Mountains where she was born and grew up.  " The mountains is where my heart most intertwines with their beauty and the animals that live there.  My studio is nestled in the mountain's shadow and I have deer, bears and  an abundance of birds as regular visitors, providing me with an array of subject matter for my art work. "

Barbara's  artwork has earned many awards through out the 45 years of her career. Thirty five paintings have been featured in the W VA DNR Wildlife calendar over a span of 25 years. Six paintings have been on the cover.  She is the first artist to get consecutive covers, 2014, 2015, and 2016.  Today her paintings are found in private and corporate collections through out the United State.  Also exhibits in museums of which have been the Ronald Reagan President Library  and the W. S.  Hart Museum in Simi Valley, California.

 


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"Ghost of the Forest "

Acrylic/Watercolor

Barred Owls are the most elusive of owls and are seldom seen. On foggy  rainy days I have been fortunate  to spot them.  Surprisingly,
on a bright sunny day, I heard the call of a Barred Owl when I hiking in the mountains behind my home in Virginia.  Sitting quietly was the only way to catch a glimpse of this mysterious bird. Having fallen asleep while waiting to see the owl, I awakened to hear a soft whispering rhythm that could only be the wings of a large bird as it landed in a near by tree.  Black eyes peered at me through orange and yellow oak leaves with a ghostly stare. 

Dimensions: 11"x 14"
SOLD
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"Spring Duel "

Acrylic

Each spring , as a child, I was anxious to begin wandering through the mountains near my home. One of the first wildflowers to emerge was Blood Root. More often than not it sprouted through the snow at the same time the turkeys started strutting for the ladies.  When two males encounter a female the dueling begins. This painting was juried and selected for the 2016 W VA DNR Wildlife Calendar cover, which will be featured for the month of February.

Dimensions: 18" x 24"
$5,400.00 (Prints Available)
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"In the Spotlight"

Casein

One Morning, looking out my kitchen window, I saw a fawn that appeared to be glowing like it was in a spot  light.  A mother deer that I called " Samantha " stays near my house each spring until her fawns are born.  I was certain it was  one of her fawns that had inspired  this painting.

The medium of choice for this piece was casein.  "I like the flow and blending properties of this medium. After completing a painting with casein I have to decide how I want to frame it.  Either leave as is and frame under glass or buffed with cotton, apply oil glazes and frame without glass."

Dimensions: 11"x 14"
$2,500 (Prints Available)
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"Big Bucks of Many Dreams"

Acrylic

These bucks were painted from memories of the deer that visited near my home in West Virginia.  I lived in a small community and hunting was prohibited. Many of my neighbors were hunters, but they had to go  into the mountains to hunt the deer. This gave me the inspiration for the title, since big bucks could not be hunted where the hunters lived, but only dream of them.  "Big Bucks of Many Dreams" was selected for the cover 2015 W VA DNR Wildlife Calendar.

 
Dimensions: 18"x 24"
 
$ 5,295.00, framed

 

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