Heather Stoddart Barros
Showing at The Artists' Gallery in Lambertville, NJ
Art is my life. I paint every day — in the studio, at home, and en plein air. I paint landscapes, figures, and portraits, directly from observation, from my sketches and photographs, and from memory and imagination.
My influences include the work and teaching approaches of two artists. Gregory Perkel, a Russian artist with whom I studied for ten years, is a master of classical painting techniques. I also studied with Christine Lafuente, from whom I learned a looser, luminous, more painterly style.
I founded and direct Art Collaborations, an art school in Princeton offering year-round classes for children, teens, and adults.
I have a scientific background in geology, which informs my investigative approach to the world. However, having painted, studied, and taught art in Princeton for over 25 years, I am recognized primarily as an artist.
Artistically, my current interests are pulling me away from pure representation. I like to paint the vision perceived in my minds eye. These landscapes are not quite abstract, but they also never existed. With my figure paintings, I hope to suggest strong narratives that are destined to remain ambiguous.