Barbara Palmer is a contemporary American folk Artist who lives with her family on the southwestern shore of Lake Ontario in Hilton, a suburb of Rochester New York.
"Paintings are flowers I grow to share with others and words are like frames to put them in," she said.
As a second generation artist, Palmer produces original designs for her theorem paintings, illustrations and reverse glass paintings.
"I wish to convey a sense of warmth and softness with the use of these techniques of American Folk Art.," said Palmer.
Many of Palmer’s paintings are inspired by a simpler life in times past. She paints from personal impressions of places she has visited, and transforms today’s mayhem into a vision of serenity and tranquility. While painting, Palmer hears a peaceful cacophony of springtime birds, summer cicadas, rustling leaves and the hush of falling snow. Adding pros to her paintings was a natural step inPalmer’s growth as an artist.
Palmer began her career with an informal study of watercolor at Rochester Institute of Technology, art classes at "All Of Us Art Workshop," and drawing and painting classes at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York. She studied old masters painting techniques for four years, and has two years of study in American decorative painting techniques. Initially, she focused on portrait painting, but has since evolved as a folk artist, author and illustrator. Her husband, John, uses his creative talents in custom framing Palmer’s artwork.
Palmer has written several book (some of which have won awards) and published them herself. These include The Journey of Cattail, Finding Fido the Feline with American Sign Language, and A Clue for You: Tail in the Teapot. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of her books is donated to the Humane Society. Her artwork is available at art shows through out the northeast and her many customers include The American Folk Art Museum Store in New York City and Colonial Williamsburg Museum Store in Williamsburg, Virginia.
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