Barbara Van Rooyan, Irvine Member Since December 2010 Artist Statement Most of the art that I create comes from a voice within me that I cannot describe with words. I create art to give that voice a life. Before painting my work was with textiles. I loved the textures and the dyes. My paintings reflect this love with much texture and bright hues. The sometimes sculptural effect of my paintings begs the viewer to touch as well as see, therefore delighting more than one sense. I am usually hesitant to give titles to my paintings as I do not wish to limit the viewer’s experience. How viewers see my art opens new vistas for me and that is a feeling of freedom and spirituality that I only feel through my artwork.
My paintings are almost all mixed media using acrylic paint often layered over gold, copper or silver leaf.