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...

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...

3 + 7

“3 + 7” is the name of the collaborative sculpture that Jamie Abbott, Roy Holmberg and I did for the upcoming show Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  This exhibit was beautifully curated by...

spring studio sale at mission industrial studios

We’re having a Spring Studio Sale at Mission Industrial Studios! Where: Mission Industrial Studios, 2573 Mission St., Santa Cruz When: May 6-7, 1pm-6pm Many of you have visited me at Open Studios, but this is not the same sort of event.  My studio is currently...

stARTup LA

I’m excited to have been selected as one of the participating artists at stARTup Fair LA at the end of January 2017.  Click on the image below to go to their website for more details. I’ll be showing pieces from my Iceland/Ísland series as well as other...

an inviting leaf

My sculpture that is in Art in the Arboretum: Color (see my previous post) started life as a wall sculpture, as photographed here. Now installed outdoors and low to the ground in a garden setting, it’s a different sort of sculpture entirely.  It’s dramatic...