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.
In her oil-on-panel paintings, Barbara explores her interest in how we perceive and navigate space and is inspired by landscape, aerial photography, cartography and movement. These process-based pieces are influenced by abstract expressionism and the work of Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Brice Marden, Richard Diebenkorn, and Gerhard Richter.
Barbara’s monotypes, in the series Tomar el Sol, depict the light and warmth of the sun in a natural setting. She is deeply influenced by the natural world and this series is inspired by memories of being in warm tropical areas by the water or in lush gardens. The pieces have a feeling of the movement of wind, water and light.
Barbara’s studio is located in her backyard in North Berkeley, where she lives with her husband and pet chihuahua.