Sometimes dreams do come true -- and one just has for me. Last year, I was approached by a lovely professional couple in the Bay Area. They are world travelers and adventurers and also contemporary art collectors. In addition, they each have a highly cultivated appreciation for exquisitely designed and made shoes. They asked me to create a "portrait" of them using some of the delectable shoes from their closet. And here is the "dreams do come true" part -- they gave me carte blanche in terms of composition. What a gift! I worked on their portrait for many months, and yesterday, along with my art dealer Andra Norris of Gallerie Citi, we presented their portrait to them. There are two paintings, a diptych, and I titled them "His & Hers." What a pleasure it was to work with these smart, kind, vibrant, open people -- and it was truly a joy "walking in their shoes" for so many months. Thank you, dear collectors, for giving this artistic gift to me!
“One of my earliest memories of art is watching my father, Philip Barlow, at the end of a long day, sitting and pondering a new painting he brought home from his studio. Did it “say” what his mind’s eye wanted it to say?
I took some creative detours – acting and writing – before finding my voice as an artist. I studied with amazing teachers and mentors in San Francisco, at UC Berkeley and the Art Students League of New York, but I have been influenced most by the work, words, wisdom – and the powerful “mind’s eye” of my father.