Hazel Barry initially began oil painting in her early twenties by simply signing up for a class in her home town of Klamath Falls, Oregon. From the beginning, she was hooked on painting and inspired by minute detail and exploding color. She continued with self-study for many years while fine tuning her style. In the early years she concentrated on portraiture of Native American Indian children, as well as the abundant western waterfowl in the southern Oregon area. During this period she was accepted into numerous western art shows and represented by successful art galleries where her work was met with positive reviews.
In recent years, Hazel has enjoyed concentrating on her love of flowers by painting them big, bold, and colorful, with the same attention to detail. She strives to capture the illuminating light within the flower and has learned each flower has its own personality thus keeping her challenged. No two are alike. She continues to work exclusively in oils on finely ground cotton and linen canvas.
“I am inspired by the simple details of life: how the sunlight can illuminate a flower petal; the way the light moves across a still life; and the simple smile of a young child.”
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way . . . things I had no word for.” – Georgia O’Keefe
International Guild of Realism (IGOR), American Society of Traditional Artists (ASTA)