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|The following is from the artist: Barbara Jones Prall|
In the late sixties, I was revisited by an earlier dream to become an artist in Iowa and was determined to make that dream come true. I opened the doors to my first studio in rural Delhi, Iowa, in 1970. I named the studio Barbs Art Barn, in keeping with the buildings original use. I began by teaching and painting commissioned portraits in the studio near scenic Lake Delhi for the next six years.
During these early days, I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education and in 1975, I received the Artist of the Year award from Upper Iowa University. Since then I have continued my formal education by completing over 40 graduate hours from University of Iowa. To further my love for fine art, I am a member of the American Society of Portrait Artist and the Portrait Artist of America. I make it a point to attend the annual American Society of Portrait Artist and Portrait Artist of America conferences. During the remainder of the year, I make it a point to attend several portrait workshops around the United States from world famous portrait artists.
In 1976, I opened the Pinicon Acres Fine Art Farm when I moved to Central City, Iowa. The Farm, which was located next the Pinicon Ridge Park, remained my home and studio until 1989. During this time, I was deeply involved in teaching art at home, creating commissioned works, and teaching art at the local school. I continued to develop a strong business, with scores of loyal students and customers.
In 1989, I was ready to take the next step in shaping my dream. This involved making several major changes all at once. I moved my home and studio to the present site near downtown Marion. The new location allowed me to expand the gallery and classroom to approximately 2,000 square feet. Today I have both a full-service fine art gallery and a teaching studio.
As an award-winning Iowa artist of impressionist work, Iowa landscapes, and portraits, I continue to have numerous one-person shows. Over ninety percent of my work has been commissioned, and my artwork has been shipped to six continents. Whatever the subject, style, or medium I work in, my goal is to express a positive view of life by celebrating beauty and joy in creation.
On Monday mornings, bright and early, you will find me outside painting scenes of Iowa countryside (At Pinicon Ridge the deer even posed for me). My vacations are all working trips planned around my desire to paint on location throughout our beautiful country. All my landscapes are painted on location, unless commissioned from a photo. I believe that painting landscapes improves my portrait work and that painting portraits improves my landscapes. A variety improves all.
Next to God and family, I would rather paint than do anything else in the world. I believe we all are meant to give something back and what I hope to give back is an appreciation of the beauty of each person, place or thing. To see the beauty of each day even if it is raining.
My mission statement is: To discover, inspire and ignite imaginations, allowing God to lead me and those around me.
Award winning artist specializing in two-dimensional media including:
Oils, Acrylic, Pastels, Watercolors, Pen & Ink, Graphite and Silver Point
Versatile style---Impressionism to Realism to Abstract
Over ninety percent of work is commissioned. Major body of work includes:
Portraits, Landscapes and Animals, Florals, Abstract Designs
Member of American Society of Portrait Artists and Portrait Society of America
Experienced Art Teacher - public educator, private art instructor, workshop instructor
Listed in Whos Who in the World, Whos Who of American Women and Whos Who in America
Present Continuing education from Master Artists such as Burt Silverman, John Howard Sanden, Daniel Green, Bob Gerbracht, Richard Whitney, Pat Jerde, Betty Locke, Wendell Mohr, Doug Shelton, Robert Bauer, Frank Howell, Edwin Bruns, and many more yearly.
Member and Attends conference of American Society of Portrait Artist and Portrait Society yearly. Member of New York Portrait Society.
1978-85 Completed over 40 hours towards Master of Arts degree
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
1975 Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education (K-12), magna cum laude
Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa
1989- Proprietor- Owns and operates full-service art gallery featuring original works of art and prints by nationally recognized artists. Professional framing.
Artist - Commission work. Specializing in PORTRAITS, landscapes, and impressionism Art Instructor - Teaches workshops for artists of all ages.
1976-1989 PINICON ACRES FINE ART'S FARM, Central City, Iowa, Proprietor, Artist, Art Instructor
1976-1980 CENTRAL CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, Central City, Iowa, Art Teacher - Grades 1-8
1970 - 1976 BARB'S ART BARN, Delhi, Iowa Proprietor, Artist, Art Instructor
SAMPLE OF AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS:
BEST OF SHOW landscape, Operation Wildlife, Kansas
Numerous best of shows and first place awards
Mural: HARVS AUTO BODY, Iowa City, Iowa
"LOOKING FORWARD" Print - 1995
Listed in Wild Life Art Yearbook of International Wildlife Artist -1995, 1993
1990 Farmer's State Bank Calendar Choice Winner, Marion, Iowa
Old Creamery Theater promotional print GARRISON, IOWA
"Hartwick 1849 " print
"Dyersville U.S.A." mural, Dyersville National Bank, Dyersville, Iowa
"Last Supper " mural, Open Bible Church, Des Moines, Iowa
"Lake Louise" mural, Ervin Besler Home, Dyersville Iowa
Artist of the Year at Upper Iowa University, Fayette Iowa 1975
University of Iowa Hospital, Boyd Tower West Lobby 2001
Edina Art Show, Edina MN 2001
Operation Wildlife Art Show 1996, Bald Eagle Show 1998, 99, 2001
RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS and AWARDS:
Toastmasters Award: CTM. Gold 6/18/2000
AREA 8, IOWA ARTIST REGIONAL SHOW, 1998
Runge Nature Center, Jefferson City, MO - 1995
Beyond Rubies Conference, Cedar Rapids, 1993-1999
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