ARTIST PROFILE

About Barbara Brennan

For the past 3 years I have worked on a series of oil paintings of 19th-century abandoned farm homes in Virginia’s Northern Neck. I have completed over 35 works in this series documenting the movement of vast numbers of people to cities in the 20th century, and the impact on the towns and farms they left behind. Recent works in the series added shuttered small-town businesses that once supported thriving farm communities including rural post offices, gas stations, motels, and small factories, as well as an early 19th-century, 2-room jail. With this series I hope to evoke fond memories, tinged with nostalgia for simpler times.

I paint from my own photographs in my studio and, whether the subject is a 19th-century farm house or a China Town row house, I like to show structures within their larger environments. Often, the contrast between the main subject and surrounding buildings or landscape is quite striking and an important part of the narrative. When painting or researching subject matter, I become completely immersed in the process and find it extremely satisfying to work through technical and aesthetic challenges. 

 

RECENT SHOWINGS

 

SOUTH ATLANTIC JURIED SHOW

Montpelier, VA

2017

THE ART LEAGUE STUDENT SHOW

Alexandria, VA.

2016

ABANDONED AND OUT OF BUSINESS

Solo Show at Jarrett Thor Fine Art, Colonial Beach, VA.

2016

SMALL WORKS SHOW

2016

Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society, sponsored by Jarret Thor Fine Art Gallery, Colonial Beach, Virgnia

COLONIAL BEACH ART GUILD

Member show

2016

COLONIAL BEACH ART GUILD

2016

Winner: wine bottle label competition for a local vineyard. Colonial Beach, VA.

ABANDONED

2016

Solo Show, Montross Museum, Montross, VA.

FOR THE RECORD, JURIED EXHIBITION

The Historical Society of
Washington, DC.

2015

ABANDONED IN THE NORTHERN NECK

Solo Show at Jarrett Thor Fine Art, Colonial Beach, VA, 2015.

2015

 LEARNING CURVE

2015

Solo Show, Hill Center For the Arts. Washington, DC.

ANNUAL BIKE FESTIVAL

2015

Group Show, Jarrett Thor Fine Art Gallery, Colonial Beach, VA

JARRETT THOR FINE ARTS

Colonial Beach, Virginia, Alumni Show

2014

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