Barbara J. Baker
Barbara majored in illustration at the Philadelphia College of Art. She has explored various mediums: watercolor, acrylics, oils, pastels, computers, pen, and ink; until, she rediscovered the love of her childhood, colored pencils. She loves the feel of a pencil in her hand and the control it gives her; how it allows her to work with different papers, to blend an infinite variety of colors, to carry her medium with her, and to focus on details. Barbara sees art everywhere: in nature, people, commercial products, trash, and junk. She loves to explore and combine different mediums. Besides working in colored pencils, she knits and makes fiber art, paints furniture, creates computer generated art, dabbles in photography and scrapbooking.
“God, the first artist, has created a world of incredible beauty and resources for all of us to experience, to appreciate and to use. We are called to be stewards of this world and to use God’s creation responsibly. I am passionate about doing my small part in caring for the environment. As an artist, I love taking things tossed way and making them into something beautiful. This is what I saw in the Landfillart Project when it was first introduced to me. I was impressed with the incredibly creative and beautiful pieces of art that I saw made out of old hubcaps and I wanted to try my hand at it. The piece I created, Knit Together, represents the various art forms that I was involved with at the time: knitting, drawing with colored pencils, jewelry making and scrapbooking.”Barbara J. Baker