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Barbara Libby

San Geronimo, CA

My upbringing on a dairy farm built the foundation of my deep connection with nature and the land. My passion is to be outdoors, breathing in the fresh cool air of a new day, feeling the sea breeze on my skin, climbing a mountain and enjoying stunning views. As I spend time outdoors, either on bike rides or hikes, nature's beauty is all inspiring to me. I might notice vast shapes, textures, lines, contrasts, colors, the delicate details of a bird's feather, or my eye might catch the simple beauty of a spiral on a small shell. As I exercise, fragments of ideas or sometimes entire concepts pop in my head with the rhythmic movement of my body and breath. I use a camera to document what I see. My photo archive is an invaluable tool for my creative process. In capturing nature's beauty on my canvas I like to trust my instincts and stay fresh. I experiment with simplifying essential shapes and lines, moving towards the abstract, but never completely losing touch with the essential details. My color palette is vibrant, and with the use of complementary colors I am able to give my paintings subtle movement. I see myself continuing to travel down the road of painter and art educator. As a lifelong learner I will use my enthusiasm to nurture innovation and passion in every subject, perfecting my knack for creating beautiful paintings.

BARBARA LIBBY-STEINMANN ― A painter and art educator, Barbara spends her days teaching TK-4th grade art at Bacich Elementary School in Kentfield. She was honored as the Marin County Teacher of the Year and California Teacher of the Year Finalist for the 2017/18 school year. Raised on a dairy farm in Switzerland, the foundation was built for Barbara’s deep connection with nature and the land. Today, she captures nature’s beauty on her canvas —trusting her instincts, staying fresh, and simplifying essential shapes and lines, moving towards the abstract yet never completely losing touch with the essential details. Her color palette is vibrant, with the use of complementary colors to give her paintings subtle movement. Barbara also loves to draw and paint birds, and continues to challenge herself with innovative concepts, compositions showing interesting line-work and textures. Her fanciful bird people illustrations are loved by children and adults alike.

Born and raised in Switzerland, she resides with her husband and two cats in West Marin. She earned a Bachelor Department Store Merchant Designer from Gestalterische Berufschule Zürich Switzerland, Bachelor Fine Art Illustration from California College of the Arts, Single Subject Art Teaching Credential from Dominican University. NBCT National Board Certified Teacher (Early and Middle Childhood Visual Arts)

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