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Lived/Active: Virginia/West Virginia      Known for: wildlife painting-bears

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

The following was submitted October 2005 and modified March 2006 by the artist who lives in Virginia at Big Walker Mountain:

While growing up in West Virginia, Barbara Glenn Meadows-May gained a great love for wildlife and beautiful scenery.  Before moving to Virginia, Barbara lived alone in Colorado for 10 years.  Her log cabin was located at 9500 feet near the Spanish Peaks in the southern part of the state.  While living there she observed and studied wildlife up close and personal.  Each day was presented with a new adventure especially learning how to live with the American Black Bear.  Many hours were spent sketching and taking photographs of a mother black bear and her cubs during the summer of 1995.  Ten years later Barbara has finished over twenty paintings of the black bears that her life became so intertwined with while living in Colorado.
While living in Oklahoma in 1971 Barbara began serious training under two professional artists, Robert Lougheed and James Boren and soon began pursuing her own career in professional painting.

El Reno Junior College, El Reno, Oklahoma
Eli Lilly Corporation Office, Indianapolis, Indianapolis
Environmental Protection Agency, Charleston, West Virginia
New River Valley Community College, Dublin, Virginia
October 2003 issues, "Women Artist of the West," Southwest Art, page 132, and Art of the West, p.75  Featured painting of a bear from a show sponsored through the Strathearn Foundation held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum on Saturday October 18th, 2003, in Simi Valley, California.

Anchorage Audubon Wildlife Show, Juror: Guy Coheleach, Anchorage Alaska

Northern Colorado Invitational, Greeley, Colorado

Oklahoma Wildlife Art Festival, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sangre DeCristo Art and Conference Center, Pueblo, Colorado

Best and the Brightest, Scottsdale Art School, Scottsdale, Arizona

National Ducks Unlimited Wildlife Show, Kansas City, Kansas

Anchorage Audubon Wildlife Show, Juror Charles Frace, Anchorage, Alaska:

Seven-State Regional Art Show, Cheyenne Wyoming

Featured Artist, Greeley Stampede Art Show, Greeley, Colorado

Western and Wildlife Art Show, Estes Park, Colorado

The Nebraska Governor’s Invitational Wildlife Show in 1994 and 1995.  Sponsor Print for West Virginia Ducks Unlimited for 1994 and 1995

Mitchell Museum, Trinidad, Colorado

William S. Hart Museum in 2001 and 2003 in Simi Valley, California

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley, California 2003

William S. Hart Museum, Simi Valley, California, as a member of Women Artists of the West
In 1983 Barbara illustrated her only book, titled “Weld County Old and New” a chronology from 1836-1983.
Since 1988 twenty nine paintings have been featured in The West Virginia Wildlife calendar through the Department of Natural Resources, with three cover paintings in 1989, 1995, and 2005, the 2005 features the American Black Bear.
Barbara has three sons, Jeffery, David, Brent and three grand-daughters.  

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