"The process of painting continues to give me so much. ArtLifting changed my life the very moment I was offered the opportunity to submit my art. This painting is an amazing change in process for me. I was the artist but my sister articulated the entire vision. She is a senior executive in the technology sector which explains how she sees numbers, codes and patterns. This is a result of that mind/artist collaboration."
- Barbara Barnett
Prints are produced on demand on either mounted wrapped canvas or giclee fine art paper in a variety of sizes here in the United States. High quality print reproductions for your home or office designed by artists living with homelessness or disabilities.
“Painting gives meaning to my existence.”
For female U.S. Army veteran Barbara Barnett, painting provides refuge from the demands of PTSD/MST. Participating in several art therapy programs has enabled Barbara to simultaneously heal herself while creating images that inspire others. Barbara paints strong women warriors—characters imbued with “soul.” She hopes that her creations will spotlight the courage and strength exemplified by fellow female veterans.
Barbara served in the Medical Corp in Germany during the Vietnam War. After returning home, Barbara worked as an organizational consultant for 25 years. Barbara creates portraits of female veterans. She explains, “These warriors represent the many alter egos which come onto the canvas, revealing themselves rather than a conscious intent to paint someone. These women express deep emotions and strength. They come through with their distinctive character and reflect self-empowerment, hope, and fearlessness.”
Presently, Barbara is an active member of several art therapy programs targeted at assisting veterans, including the Veteran Artist Program (VAP), Military Experience.org, and the Endowment for Veteran Artists Campaign. Through her participation in these art therapy groups, Barbara has created a strong network of support, discovered an effective means of mitigating PTSD/MST, and positioned herself to uplift others.
Barbara is devoted to empowering fellow veterans and women through her art. She seeks opportunities to donate commissions from sales of her work to benefit the veteran artist groups to which she belongs, and describes giving back to these organizations purely as a “joy.” Barbara generously donates all of her earnings from ArtLifting to their Community Partner Fund which provides art supplies to shelters and social service agencies nationwide. Beyond her financial contributions, Barbara’s art in and of itself provides a sense of shared understanding to veteran viewers. The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center featured Barbara’s Women Warriors series in a solo exhibit.
Phoenix-area photographer and friend of Barbara's, Kate Payne, explains: “Barbara is a talented and humble artist with a passion that runs deeper than any life experience. As a fellow veteran artist, her work provides me with powerful and deep emotions and strength. We have similar life experiences and from my perspective, her work emits self-empowerment and fearlessness, even when provided in the form of a frightening truth. Barbara’s art provides respite to women and veterans that no therapy or life experiences can duplicate. She has not only shared her experiences in her art, but she has shared the most difficult truths that help her and all veterans see that through art and passion we can recover and live a creative, happy life.”
Our Fine Art Paper and Photo Paper are OBA-free acid-free, 310gsm, bright white water-resistant paper made from 100% cotton. The fine art paper is a premium, flat, textured canvas paper. Our Mounted Canvas is a polycotton blend matte canvas using a pH coating that is optical brightener additive-free, acid-free, and whitening agent-free.
Each of our frames are hand built upon order to fit each piece. fine art paper and photo paper prints are framed with classic contemporary authentic wood measuring 1¼” w x ¾” h with a ⅝” rabbet with glass covering and optional white matting. Our mounted canvas prints are framed in floating authentic wood measuring ⅝” w x 2” h with a 1 ¾” rabbet.
Prints and frames are made to order and ship from within 5-7 business days of your purchase via UPS from California. If your prints arrive damaged please let us know and we will correct them for you.
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