“From my perspective, landscape viewed as a metaphor for the human condition explores the relationship of humankind to the earth. As an artist, I explore traces of past civilization, scars of human activity and the permanence of the land itself. Vast expanses summon calmness and timelessness. Rocky ground or steep cliffs uncertain or dangerous situations. Recognizing a need for interaction with the natural world is fundamental to the emotional understanding of humans as an integral part of nature. ”
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Background & Bio
Born in Troy, New York in the Hudson River Valley, Barbara Fontaine-White views the landscape as a physical experience which forges a relationship with herself, the viewer, and the painting she creates.
In 2019, she received a faculty development grant to develop a new body of work using the landscape as subject. Her current work represents her observations.
Fontaine-White taught painting and drawing at the university level for over thirty years. She retired in the spring of 2022 as a full professor from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and now works as a full-time artist. Her paintings start with observed reality and are synthesized through composition, memory, and imagination. Her work stress materiality incorporating cold wax medium, paint sticks, pastels, and charcoal.