My name is Barbara Haviland. I have been creating fine art since 1976. I am mostly a self-taught, raw artist who draws inspiration from the world around me.
My world is my art and each day is a new canvas of things to paint. I especially love to paint flowers and landscapes. My flower paintings have been highly collected over the past fifteen years as well as my Bayou paintings that capture the beauty of south Louisiana and Texas.
Each setting and scene we witness tells a story of the place around us and moves us through each instant in time. I strive to capture these moments and this motion through time with bold, vibrant colors, elegant details and a diverse selection of subjects. Like the beautiful landscapes, flowers, still-lifes, and many other subject they depict, each painting is an unique and original work showcasing all the colors of life.
For over 43 years painting has been my expression and my escape, as well as my passion. I am pleased to share my artwork with patrons from coast to coast, and also teach new students to explore their own creative talents and imagination. My work has been featured in galleries across Texas and brings life, color and thrilling beauty to homes and businesses across the U.S. I am a proud member of the Artists of Texas, Outdoor Painters Society and several other groups where many of my works are shown.
I am married to Sam, my husband of 56 years. We have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. We have been fortunate enough to travel the country. I paint wherever we are. I do not think I could survive without painting. I need it. I simply paint what I see. Lately, my art has been taking on a fresh look of looseness, and I like it. Plein air is my new thing. It feels great to create! Painting is very relaxing and gratifying. The world around us is so beautiful. I try to capture its raw beauty on my canvas. I also love painting flowers as well as animals. I paint everything. If you have a photo, I can paint it.
I am so thankful to be able to paint and create art. I hope you will enjoy the ‘stories’ I share with my brushes and my palette knife at hand. Follow along and see what my brushes come up with!