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Gestural and Painterly: Art by Barbara Haviland

An oil painting of a seaside bayDaisy Bay, oil on canvas

Texas-based painter Barbara Haviland works mainly in oil on canvas, depicting classical landscapes, still-life subjects, and more in a gestural and painterly style. Barbara’s works tend to focus on elements of lighting and the creation of natural-looking textures for rocks, trees, grass, and man-made materials.

An oil painting of daisies, sunflowers, and hydrangeasSunflowers, Daisies, Hydrangeas, oil on canvas


I really enjoy Barbara’s floral works – being able to see them all as a series on the artist’s website creates a lovely impression of numerous flowers captured and immortalized in paint. I find Barbara’s particular style of slightly loose, gestural, movement-focused mark-making very well suited to this subject matter. Individual flower petals are rendered in just enough detail to allow the viewer to parse them, but blended enough to create a totally cohesive composition when the painting is viewed from afar.

The front page of Barbara Haviland's art websiteBarbara's portfolio website,


Barbara experiments with a wide range of subject matter, adjusting her style just enough to accommodate vastly different textures. Her paintings of rusted-out cars sitting in natural scenes reminds me of David B. Scott’s Left To The Elements series.  

A painting of a rusted sedan in a fieldOld Rusty Sedan, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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