Liz Barber

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My paintings are layered bursts of energy that record experience from nature, blending the here and now with memories. Forms and drawn lines fall into a sea of emotion. Shapes may appears first as a reflection, then drift into volumetric configurations. This effect captures the essence of nature with movement and light creating an artistic metaphor opaque, airy, thick and organic.  Continued >




I pour colors onto the canvas and watch what happens, intuitively editing and adding in a manner similar to the impressionist mindset. There is, in me, a constant attentive awareness to create light within the work through color pairings and interactions. I am projecting an emotional response to my surroundings. A moment is captured not as a pastoral landscape; but as the glow of light or movement of forms. My tendency leans to the calm, soothing organic application over the vigorous brushstroke. 

Mixed media allows for more creative freedom and gives the materials a voice. I direct, they sing. The materials are manipulated and moved around in an effort to form the idea of the painting.  Mediums are added to get the desired consistency and concerted application. I chime in to gather the idea together.

Translucency is created via different techniques and is usually the result of great experimentation. Water and other mediums are added to the materials to allow for spontaneous incidental reactions. I then use hard edges in the oil paint to edit, finding the gems in underlying layers. Mark making in the painting serves as a resting place for the eye and adds diversity from the organic shapes in my work.  I also use graphite and oil pastel as drawn elements. 

The most common recurring theme in my work would be seasons changing or rather channeled imagery taken from watching environmental change.   The shapes serve as anchors for the mind to stop and reflect upon.  They can be identified either as ambiguous or as recognizable forms based on  what the viewer brings to the piece.  I heighten some shapes by making them a focal point or lessen by hiding them beneath other paint layers. Often I aim to create the sense of a pool of water or an image seen within a crashing wave.

Additionally, I have a pull toward distinctive color palettes at certain times of the year.  I use either subtle or intense color interaction alternately to create depth or space.  My work commands the viewer’s visceral response, one that is not superseded by representational or abstract imagery nor technical analysis. 

The overall process could be called a discovery as I am intuitively responding to shapes as they form whether intentional or as a happy accident. 




Massachusetts College of Art - Three years focus in painting - Boston, MA        

Moore College of Art - First year Fine Art Department - Philadelphia, PA


Professional Experience


Abstract Painting Workshop - Thomasville, GA

Six Week Class-Abstract Process - Art School Sandy Springs - Sandy Springs, GA

Painting “Spring 1”

Thomasville Center for the Arts Billboard - Thomasville, GA

Curator for FLAUNT 25 - Thomasville, GA

Wake Up With the Artist Discussion Panel - Thomasville, GA          

Brookwood School Artist Critique - Thomasville, GA            

AGA Art Sunup to Sundown Painting Demo - Atlanta Gallery Asc.


Current Representation

Pryor Fine Art - Atlanta, GA

Addison Gallery - Delray, FL

Jules Place - Boston,MA

Pippin Contemporary - Santa Fe, NM

Craighead Green Gallery - Dallas, TX

Merritt Gallery - Baltimore, MD

Renaissance Fine Art - Philadelphia, PA

Whistler Contemporary - Whistler, BC


Corporate Commissions



The Ritz Carlton Sarasota - Sarasota, FL

The Cove Atlantis - Nassau, Bahamas


Yale Hospital - New Haven, CT

Beverly Hills Hotel - Beverly Hills, CA


Wailea Resort Hotel - Monkapu Beach, HI


Archbold Hospital - Thomasville, GA


Comme Ca at the Cosmoplitan - Las Vegas, NV


Athero Genex - Alpharetta, GA


Solo Exhibitions



Pippin Contemporary - Santa Fe, NM


Umstead Gallery - Cary, NC

JF Gallery - Marietta, GA


Thomasville Center for the Arts “Bird’s Eye View” - Thomasville, GA


Huff Harrington Fine Art - “Barber/Baker Abstract” - Atlanta, GA


Gregg Irby Fine Art -  “Out My Window” - Atlanta, GA


Rutledge Street Gallery - “Ellipse” - Camden, SC


V. Reed Gallery - “New in the Garden” - Atlanta, GA


Group Exhibitions



Pippin Contemporary - Santa Fe, NM


Scope Miami   Untitled Projects Los Angeles, CA - Miami, FL

American Airline Admirals Club Miami - Miami, FL

Pryor Fine Art


Metro Montage XIV Marietta/Cobb Museum of Ar - Marietta, GA

Palm Beach International - Palm Beach, FL


Spotlight on Art Trinity School - Atlanta, GA


Huff Harrington “A Grand Affair” - Atlanta, GA


Creatives Rising Exhibit & Artwork Projection - Long Island City, NY

The Story of the Creative - Long Island City, NY                                                

Jules Place - Boston, MA

Columbus Museum - “Let there be Art and Bloom” - Columbus, GA

Thomasville Center for the Art “Elements” - Thomasville, GA

Thomasville Center for the Art “Fresh” - Thomasville, GA

Thomasville Center for the Art “Blue” - Thomasville, GA


Fine Art in Brentwood - Brentwood, TN

Thomasville Center for the Arts “FLAUNT “ - Thomasville, GA

Art in the Yard - East Hampton, NY


Saks Fifth Ave Gallery - Atlanta, GA

Thomasville Center for the Arts - BLOOM - Thomasville, GA 

Huff Harrington Fine Art - Blonde Bombshells - Atlanta, GA


dk gallery - Marietta, GA


Gregg Irby Fine Art - Atlanta, GA 


Studio Montclair - Currents - Montclair, NJ

Valdosta State University - Valdosta National - Valdosta,GA


Swan Coach House - Little Things Mean A lot - Atlanta, GA



Winter 2015

Art Voices Magazine - Los Angeles, CA

Winter 2014

Art Voices Magazine - Los Angeles, CA

2014, 2013

Studio Visit Magazine - Cambridge, MA

February 2012

Spotlight on Art Brochure Cover - Atlanta, GA

April 10, 2011

Thomasville Times-Enterprise - Thomasville, GA

Spring 2011

Atlanta Social Season - Atlanta, GA                 

Nov/Dec 2009

Museums and Galleries - Atlanta, GA                 

January 2008

News of the Visual Arts USA U.S. News Corp

December 2007

Art in the U.S - Plano, TX

November 2007

Eimsbuttler Wochenblatt - Hamburg, Germany  

June 3, 2004

The Recorder - Amherst, MA             

June 2004

Hampshire Gazette - Amherst, MA              

Summer 2002

Southern Living - Birmingham, AL        

June 2002

Southern Living Weddings - Birmingham, AL