cleaning the studio...

...and other adventures in art

sempione news

Many thanks to Mauro Bianchini, who wrote an article for the Sempione News about my piece Making My Own Paradise, currently on display at Palazzo Mora in Venice Italy: Sempione News: Mauro Bianchini on Barbara Downs Making My Own Paradise Before I say more, I just...

everyone has a day job

In a moment of surprising forethought and planning when I was in high school, I took some drafting classes because I knew I wanted to study art in college, but I also knew that I needed to earn a living.  Why not do drafting as my day job?  I liked drawing and the...

how it’s made, redux

I finished this piece, Nothing But Blue Skies, some time ago, but I was so busy getting it finished and shipped to Venice for the European Cultural Centre’s Biennale show that I neglected to cover it in my blog at all.  I’ll make amends now. Like a...

the very very rare affordable art fair

Coming soon…and you’re all invited!  I have 18 paintings included in The Very Very Rare Affordable Art Fair, a few of which can be seen here.  There are many other artists as well, including Susana Arias and Jenni Ward, two of my Mission Industrial studio...

the endless reworking

Sometimes I think I’ve finished something and it turns out that I’m wrong. The longer a piece sits in my studio, the more chance there is that I will modify it at some point. This is especially true of paintings and encaustic because they are both...