Berkeley abstract painter Barbara Maricle has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area. A self-taught artist, she has studied painting and printmaking at the Richmond Art Center, California College of the Arts Extension, KALA Art Institute and Hirst Printmaking. Barbara’s work has been shown at the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, National Association for Women Artists Gallery in New York, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Woodbury Art Museum in Orem, UT, as well as numerous shows in the San Francisco Bay Area. Barbara was awarded “Best of Show” by Scott Shields for her entry in “Catalyst” at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station, CA and received an Honorable Mention from jurors Julie Nestor and Melissa Soltesz in the “Art of Our Century” exhibit at the Woodbury Art Museum at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
In her current work, she uses repeating shapes, line and layering to explore opposing states of movement vs. stillness, rising vs. settling, and clarity vs. obscurity. Her process-based paintings and work on paper walk the line between order and chaos. Her paper-based work include rust-transfers, encaustic monotypes and stitched and collaged elements that speak to time, memory, nature-based themes and the senses. Barbara’s studio is located in her backyard in North Berkeley, where she lives with her husband, son and pet chihuahua.