Staunch and Staid – Barbara Harr Watson
Staunch and Staid, Oil on Linen, image size: 11 x 14, overall dimension: 19 1/8 x 22 1/8, frame: 4 1/4” traditional wood, gold with black flecks and linen liner.
“English Setters appear to blow with the wind with their fluffy hair and graceful style. When they run, you see them here, you blink your eyes and they are over there. Only when they scent a bird are they perfect models.”
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All her life Barbara has been an artist and observer.
Her first formal art training was at West Virginia University, where she received a B.A. in Fine Art in 1965. Watson studied with Joe Moss, an abstract artist and sculptor, who required his students to be able to create realistic renderings before moving into extreme abstraction. His emphasis on the need to see developed Barbara’s allegorical style of today.
Barbara works in oil, acrylic and watercolor in her studio on an 1840’s farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She also enjoys painting in plein air. Barbara gathers most of her subject matter on the Eastern Shore, and also while hunting and fishing around the world. She feels that time in the field refreshes her art.
As an artist, conservationist and hunter, Barbara shares her passion for pursuing these activities with her husband, Skip, and three working dogs, Rasin, Flame and Banshee. Much of Barbara’s artwork has evolved from their common experiences and they are often the subjects of her paintings. Through observation and experiences Barbara’s paintings portray the partnership between the sportsman and his canine companion and their relationship with wildlife and their surroundings.
Membership and Recognition:
Barbara is a member of Working Artist Forum, Oil Painters of America, Dorchester Center of the Arts, Academy of Art Museum, Grand National Waterfowl Association, and a life member of Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club International, Sables and NRA. Many of these organizations have received her art as donations for fundraising. She was Artist of the Year for Grand National Waterfowl Association, juried into the Susan K. Black Wildlife Art Workshop, Local Color Exhibition and WAF Waterfowl Festival Show. Recently her art was on the cover of the June issue of Attraction Magazine and the cover art for the book “ The Legend of Big Boy - Lost or Stranded” by Jim Stone. Her commission art of sporting dogs hang through out the world.