Barbara Schilling

Barbara Schilling


Barbara Schilling

Artist Statement:

As far back as I, Barbara Schilling, can remember, my preferences have been in the direction of the impressionists. I feel that the brushwork and textures are as exciting in a painting as the subject matter itself. While I admire the skill and draftsmanship that is required to execute a successful realistic painting, it just does not speak to my heart the way that an exciting passage of thick, well placed brushwork does. It is the song and the dance of color and paint. I donʼt think every painting has to have an underlying message. I think it is ok to paint something just because it is beautiful. Everyone needs a little beauty in their lives. With my paintings I try to capture a moment of Natureʼs fragile beauty and hope that others may experience that magic with me.


Barbara has been a Conservator/Restorer of Fine Art for over 35 years. She has worked on artwork by well known artists such as Picasso, Weidenaar, Dali, Alten, Merizon, Osthaus, and many more….as well as sentimental treasures from the attic. Primarily self taught as both a Conservator and Artist, her formal training does include Kendall College of Art 1974, and Grand Valley University 1976. She has studied with artists and mentors Larry Blovits, Laura Robb, Elizabeth Robbins, Qiang Huang and Kenneth Cadwallader. Her paintings have received recognition and awards both regionally and nationally.


Some recent national events where Barbara has been invited to show her work include:

  • Jack Richeson Gallery, “Small Works Exhibit,” WI 2015
  • OPA Regional, Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2014
  • OPA Salon, Crooked Tree Art Center, Petosky, MI 2013
  • NOAPS, Best of America Exhibit, Dunnegan Gallery, MO 2013
  • The Vine Gallery, MO Jack Richeson Gallery, “Small Works Exhibit,” WI 2013
  • Jack Richeson Gallery, “Still Life Exhibit,” WI, 2013 and 2014
  • Bucks County 6×6 Exhibit, Bucks County Gallery, PA 2013
  • Higbee Gallery, 6×6 Exhibit, CA 2013
  • Kendall Gallery, “Then and Now” Exhibit, MI 2013

She has had her work published in:

  • American Art Collector Magazine, “Florals and Botanicals Special Edition”, March 2015
  • American Art Collector Magazine, “Ohio Bound,” Show Preview, September 2014
  • Plein Air Magazine, “Painting Flowers and Landscapes,” March 2014
  • Noaps Still life Exhibit Catalog, 2013
  • West Michigan Women, “Art as a Constant Companion,” 2012
  • “The Best of Michigan,” Kennedy Publishing, 2006

Current memberships include:

  • Oil Painters of America
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters
  • American Women Artists
  • American Impressionists Society
  • Plein Air Artists of West Michigan
  • Rogue River Artists
  • Oil Painting 100%