Barbara Rockhold @ Tomatogurl
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Barbara Rockhold’s educational background is in the fields of art and psychology, and she loves to combine these two interests in her work. She hopes to convey a sense of mystery and awe in the world around us through her subject matter. She values the nature of paradox, and as such, finds no conflict in working in a variety of styles such as realism and psychological surrealism. Barbara resides in El Cerrito, CA. She grew up in a small town in the midwest. Her grandmother was a locally well-known Texas painter and Barbara painted her first painting at the age of six while visiting her grandmother. Since then, she has been involved in a constant stream of creative pursuits. She has been co-owner of a graphic design business, a graphics instructor and designer at Contra Costa College and an ad designer at The Daily Californian, as well as conducting art therapy groups at two locked psychiatric facilities. She believes in the value of art as a spiritual healing process and is inspired by artists who have shared their souls with us through their art, such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe and Surrealist artist Magritte. Working mostly in the medium of acrylics, Barbara has also works occasionally in watercolors, oils, and mixed media. She has shown in numerous galleries in the bay area and was pleased to be juried into an exhibit of the Santa Fe Alchemical Society Art Salon. She has served in a variety of positions in the El Cerrito Art Association and led a weekly speaker series at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley for several years. She is currently an active member at the Alameda Art Gallery and her work can be seen there.
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