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I've been an artist, a painter, for most of my life. I come from a family of artists, including some professional.
Apparently I inherited the family "art gene", showing an aptitude in that direction from an early age. By my early teens I had narrowed my primary focus to painting,
I was passionate about art & threw myself into painting. I entered a few competitions, won a few ribbons, at that time I was the youngest member of the Las Vegas artist's guild. That was rather humorous,, here sat a teenager among many adult professionals.
Time marches on.
By my late 29's , I had married, had 3 amazing children, found myself in a troubled marriage and soon thereafter became a single Mom. My priority had always been my children, but now more than ever they needed my complete focus to provide the…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 21
  • Joined January 7, 2010

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Silk, fabric, thread

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BarbaraHarmsFiberArt

About

My Story- the long version

I've been an artist, a painter, for most of my life. I come from a family of artists, including some professional.
Apparently I inherited the family "art gene", showing an aptitude in that direction from an early age. By my early teens I had narrowed my primary focus to painting,
I was passionate about art & threw myself into painting. I entered a few competitions, won a few ribbons, at that time I was the youngest member of the Las Vegas artist's guild. That was rather humorous,, here sat a teenager among many adult professionals.
Time marches on.
By my late 29's , I had married, had 3 amazing children, found myself in a troubled marriage and soon thereafter became a single Mom. My priority had always been my children, but now more than ever they needed my complete focus to provide the love, nurturing and stable home that



































Family "art gene" apparently.
By the time I was 16 I had settled into painting as the medium I most enjoyed.
I threw myself into painting, won a few ribbons .
I was the youngest member of the Las Vegas rt Guild. It appeared I would follow in the steps of the many artists in my family. Many of which were professionals.
Life can often turn out differently than planned. I married young, not the best of decisions. but something wonderful came form that choice, I had three of the most wonderful children come into my life.
My painting was, on a more limited basis, yet it continued to feed my need for creative expression.

Predictably, I eventually found myself a single parent, raising my children alone. Their father provided no emotional support, contact and non-existent financial support
. Without job experience I began a series of unusual jobs requiring no experience. One of the oddest was working nights cleaning landed planes in a frenzied blitz to prepare them for the next group of passengers. My fellow work mates included, street people, junkies alcoholics ,some crazy people, and in general people in the same financial position as myself. The only prerequisite was being unemployable &will d willing to accept minimum wage.


Although I sold some of my work from time to time you can't live on something so sporadic and unpredictable . The sale of several of my paintings was one things which helped finance move move to the wonderful state of Oregon.


There is a happy ending to our story, I remarried A wonderful man, my children thrived, & found a man who is a loving father to them . We joined

a wonderful family and I was introduced to Quilting and soon after, discovered art quilting. And begin a new leg of my life, an extended family, new new daughtersw?ho I love, many grandchildren from both sides, pursuing art full-time and starting a business trying to get it off the ground if I can. So much to be grateful for.
The moral? You never know when life can take a turn for the better.

















nonexistent financial support.

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ntact and nonexistent financial support limited financial support as well from their father. improvision any father could provide for not given the emotional support a father could provide, and the financial support either ,emotional support for the children nd income to help us survive I became very very good in the work I was choosing I tried many forms of financial support, the jobs I took where are quite unusual but all I heard was qualified for. I was a janitor, clean planes after they landed at the airport, phone to listing was on. I continued to paint, even selling my work occasionally but certainly not full time continued to paint, even selling a a few paintings now and then. But my children were the first priority.


here and there, but for the most part my children were my priority

professionals
Unlike today's thriving quilting community, there wasn't much quilting going on back then. not on back then. growing up there. There wasn't a lot of quilting going on in Las Vegas in those days. There is a thriving quilting , community , there there wasn't much quilting g going on then wasn't much protein going on there back then there now, but not back then. I married and had three wonderful children. Eventually I became a single mom. My priorities were always centered around my children, but as a single mom they became even more so. I had some involvement with art, on ocassion sold some of my work, but it certainly wasn't a priority by any means.
Our move to the state of Oregon had a beneficial effect on all of our lives. I remarried a wonderful man. Eventually my children became adults, some married and some began to have their own children. My remarriage brought many new children and grandchildren into my life and I love them all. Our family has grown into a tribe.

The move to Oregon brought another change as well, I discovered quilting. And I liked it!
Transitioning into fiber art quilting came quite naturally. There are many overlapping elements.

I paint my own fabric, I may do an actual painting on fabric, that can be as is or enhanced with the use of other medias, including thread. Used lightly it can add definition. Used heavily it can play a more central role, as in thread painting. When I plan to add layers of design I paint my fabric for use as a backdrop to build on.

I often use silk, for it's beautiful luminosity. It absorbs color so deeply and richly then reflects that color.back.

My work is all original art
Combining the techniques and mediums used in traditional art with those used in the art of quilting can add texture, touch, feel, dimension even a sculptural quality to work.
This art form invites involvement between the art and the viewer, to touch, feel and explore, He forms a personal connection.

I 'm always excited when I start a new project. It begins with a tiny seed of an idea, vague and hazy. I enjoy following where it leads me. Generally, I work instinctively, making creative choices as they come. Those little changes in direction can lead a result that I hadn't really predicted. It can be surprising at times. I love that element of surprise!
I hope you can sense my enjoyment.
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My website- http://.barbaraharmsfiberart.com
Facebook-- http://facebook.com/BarbaraHarmaFiberArt
my blog - www.asianartandquilts.com
Pinterest-

A few places that my work has appeared;
"ART QUILTING STUDIO" magazine, an article and featured work, The cover of Country Register, an interview on Janome 's world wide website


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