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BARBARA UNES

Watercolor and Mixed Media

unes831@yahoo.com
309-264-2488

Art Around Us Teaching Workshops
artaroundus2001@yahoo.com

Bio:

“Painting gives me joy”…

My high school art teacher gave me my first experience with teaching which has become my profession.  Although I worked corporately for many years, art and teaching art has always been my first love.  As a teacher it is important to explain to students what they are learning, why they are learning it and how that relates to the “world around us.”  Although teaching is my profession, art in my passion.  My art business “Art Around Us” reflects my teaching goal to keep art relevant to the real world.

When I was an undergraduate at Western IL University, one of my professors was a strong advocate of technique experimentation.  His enthusiasm and encouragement made a profound and lasting impression on me.  To this day, I continue to take classes and involve myself in the art community in an effort to learn and discover new ways to present my art.

My love for watercolor painting has grown into experimental mixed media.  Several of the paintings presented here involve non-traditional watercolor, and now acrylic paintings.  The ghosted American flag images superimposed over the barns were created using an airbrush.  Over the years I’ve tried other interesting techniques that involved the use of salt, bleach, various types of paper as well as assorted paints.
Now that I’m retired from full time teaching I have more time to dedicate to my artwork.  I still teach at Illinois Central College and other community organizations on a part time basis.  Teaching provides me the opportunity to share the joy that art gives me. It will always be a part of my life.

My husband, who is a designer himself and is a strong supporter of my art work.  I have a small office/studio in our basement where I do my work.  My husband installed ‘daylight’ bulbs which has made a profound difference in my enthusiasm to paint in a basement.  With my stereo and calming CDs, I can spend endless amounts of time painting downstairs and feel like I am in daylight.  Recently I have expanded into acrylics with a goal of further experimentation with gels and mediums on wall art size canvases.  I’m continually looking, thinking, and gathering inspirational ideas that I file mentally for potential projects.  The newest addition is a body of work dealing with ocean waves.  Different brushes, brush strokes, and gels are creating new and interesting effects.  I began doing the ocean waves this past winter while spending time in Florida.  Each of the ocean wave images can be framed and is an original piece.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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