I see it as a gift to preserve an hour in a day, to solve the riddle of rendering forms in the landscape or reflected light on a face, and to share a moment I treasured in the form of a painting. After having studied music in college and achieving a rewarding career as a soprano soloist in the opera houses in Germany I returned to America and enrolled in art classes and workshops with some inspiring and wonderful artists including Kerry Dunn, Margaret Dyer, Barbara Courtney Jaenicke, Lea Colie Wight, Valerie Craig, Jon Redmond, Charlie Hunter, Mark Boedges and Joe Paquet. I now live in a rural area in Pennsylvania where I am surrounded by a lifetime of incentive to get my paints out. 

I am a signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA), the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, the International Association of Pastel Societies, and the Portrait Society of America.” Barbara Berry

Describing the landscape or the character in a loved one’s face is an immeasurable privilege. Though I am a representational artist I allow the brushstrokes and color to have their own synergy. I make art for the sense of connection I have when what I’ve painted stirs a heart, prompts a nostalgic memory, or inspires one to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.” Barbara Berry