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The intense emotion and supreme dignity that is embodied in
Barbara Sullivan’s paintings brings to us a timeless view of a
real moment in time

In Sullivan’s paintings the land and subjects are a never ending source of light, space and design that take on an excitement when playing lights against dark, warm colors against cool, soft and hard edges. Sullivan faces new challenges with each work as she strives to create the authenticity, sensitivity, beauty and aesthetics that draw the viewer to visually enter a painting as she captures exclusively a moment in time.

Living in the American West, Sullivan enjoys painting the people and the land especially Native American women and children. She strives to capture a deeper, sensitive, personal side of her subjects while preserving the nostalgia of the Old West, a love that fills her soul. Sullivan’s great-grandmother was Native American from the Iroquois Nation.

Sullivan gives us an insight to her passion and her subjects. “Riding horseback through the desert or over the mountains…feeling the warm wind on my face or listening to the soft crunch of snow under the horse's hooves... these experiences and riding horseback twenty miles through the pristine Bridger Wilderness in Wyoming on the same trails as Jim Bridger and his party as they ventured into the vast unknown wilderness, still evoke memories and feelings that influence my work today. I enjoy a sense of freedom, yet an an attachment to this land and its people.”

Another subject that deeply interests Sullivan is painting her motorcycle art. She fell in love with riding when taken for rides by friends. It afforded her the ability to see, absorb and photograph the southwest landscape, the images and its people as well as the reference material to paint in genre, paintings of motorcycle riders and their bikes.  Her concepts and understanding of light enable her to capture the true essence, creating form and excitement to each work. This emanates from the knowledge she learned and accomplished painting still life and significantly indicates the true measure of her work and accomplishments.


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