Barbara Gothard

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Evolution is the key to my existence.

If someone were to use one word to describe my approach to life and career, it would be evolution. I’ve returned to my artistic passion against the backdrop of my global professional business career, which focused on organizational changes regarding social responsibility, financial solvency and environmental accountability.

I have truly evolved from one transition to another on my non-linear career path. I grew up in a landlocked town in the Midwest but traveled the world through and understand the impact of our decisions - intended or unintended. I evolved through each challenge turning them into unprecedented opportunities. My risks, although not always calculated, became an integral part of this evolution. How? By compelling me to consider options that would not have ordinarily informed.

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Dr. Gothard is currently of the Picerne Foundation for her Art: Sustain It! exhibit.


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about the artist

Evolution is the key to my existence.

If someone were to use one word to describe my approach to life and career, it would be evolution. I’ve returned to my artistic passion against the backdrop of my global professional business career, which focused on organizational changes regarding social responsibility, financial solvency and environmental accountability.

I have truly evolved from one transition to another on my non-linear career path. I grew up in a landlocked town in the Midwest but traveled the world through and understand the impact of our decisions - intended or unintended. I evolved through each challenge turning them into unprecedented opportunities. My risks, although not always calculated, became an integral part of this evolution. How? By compelling me to consider options that would not have ordinarily informed.

My path zigzagged: From artist/art teacher to principal while raising a family and finishing a Ph.D., to leaving education, to joining the corporate sector for Burger King Corporation. An entrepreneurial journey evolved into a return to the corporate world for The Dow Chemical Company, this time in South Africa at a time of tremendous national change. That experience led to another transition of “giving back” in the form of managing an iconic non-profit organization, prior to currently focusing on the integration of my business experiences with my art.

My paintings are an investigation of contradiction creating complex, intellectual realism.

The mind sees at the same time as the eye although each may be observing two separate and unrelated images. This combination of contrasting elements reflects our fact and fantasy existence; it stirs the viewer to consider the illogical and respond to the irrational. It consists of natural recognizable objects rebuilt into contradictory elements, which may evolve from one to another. Placing recognizable forms in a serene, but sometimes aggressive relationship, attempts to create a new reality in the midst of disorder.

This separation of elements within my work defines more precisely the division of the two dimensional surface into separate parts that enhance and embellish the visual spatial effect. It is intended to jolt and challenge the viewer’s comfortable identity game and upset the viewer’s expectation of realism simultaneously generating a peaceful feeling.

The source of my creativity and inspiration — the concept of the impermanence and ever-changing aspects of life — creates the energy that facilitates drawing directly onto paper or canvas, followed by the ensuing transformation as the colors unfold as I envisioned, seeing the painting come alive.

I draw my inspirations from my changing environments against the backdrop of my historical influencers: Hieronymus Bosch’s use of fantastic imagery and placement; the Dutch Masters and Vermeer in particular with his masterly treatment and use of light; the elegant and decorative elements created by Gustav Klimt; Georgia O’Keeffe’s contoured forms replete with subtle transitions of varying colors; and Magritte’s ability to place ordinary objects in unfamiliar spaces.” Each of these influencers contributes to my inner vision as an artist.


exhibitions

  • EASEL - San Diego Art Af(fair) 2011, Alexander Salazar Fine Art, San Diego, CA
  • Coventry Cathedral, Coventry, United Kingdom
  • Creative Arts Gallery, Central Michigan University
  • Delta College Fine Arts Center Galleria, University Center, MI
  • Eighth Annual Eastern Michigan International Juried Art Exhibition, Port Huron, MI
  • First Ward Community Center, Saginaw, MI
  • First Wisconsin National Bank Juried Art Exhibit, Milwaukee, WI
  • Flint Fine Juried Fine Arts Festival, Flint, MI
  • Fine Arts Juried Arts Festival, Birmingham, MI
  • Fourth Annual Exhibit, Gallery 7, Detroit, MI
  • Irving Galleries, Milwaukee, WI
  • Long Island University, Greenvale, NY
  • Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI
  • Saint Martin House, Madison, WI
  • Upper Manhattan Branch, YWCA, New York, NY
  • Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Waukesha, WI
  • Xochipilli Gallery, Rochester, MI
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