Barbara Naeser is an artist based in Marblehead, Massachusetts. In her recent practice, the artist has been working with pastels, though she has also used oil paint and watercolour.
I enjoy Barbara’s relatively loose but variable style, and the way she uses pastels and paint to create layered, dense images with just enough detail to encourage a closer look. The artist’s pastel series often utilizes a heavier, earth-toned colour palette and explores natural subject matter including animals and plants. It’s interesting to be able to see the works both in thumbnail form and close-up -- the nature of the artist’s style means that the images seem to resolve when seen from far away, but become a little more abstracted and mysterious up close.
Barbara’s children’s portraits capture an impressionist view of the subjects that seems to reflect the hazy, softened quality of memory. Perhaps in a few years these works will reflect the memories of their subjects concerning the vivid scenes in the paintings.