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As long as I can remember, I’ve always loved art. I spent hours in my room as a child coloring with my box of 64 Crayola crayons. I enjoyed doing crafts in my spare time when I wasn’t outside riding my bike or hunting for bugs and snakes. When I finished high school I took a course in welding with the hopes of becoming a sculptor, but I ended up as a line welder for the Ford Company. I quit this job after one year because the fumes were making me sick. In 1985, I married a potter. I got to decorate some of his pottery and design some clay tiles. Using my husband’s clay, I made hundreds of beads and lots of beaded jewelry. I also enjoyed making quilts and Ukrainian eggs. After my divorce in 1990, I got into painting with watercolors. I also took a class at the Portland School of Art on how to make Sterling silver jewelry and set…

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  • Joined April 20, 2007

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Barbali’s Biography


As long as I can remember, I’ve always loved art. I spent hours in my room as a child coloring with my box of 64 Crayola crayons. I enjoyed doing crafts in my spare time when I wasn’t outside riding my bike or hunting for bugs and snakes. When I finished high school I took a course in welding with the hopes of becoming a sculptor, but I ended up as a line welder for the Ford Company. I quit this job after one year because the fumes were making me sick. In 1985, I married a potter. I got to decorate some of his pottery and design some clay tiles. Using my husband’s clay, I made hundreds of beads and lots of beaded jewelry. I also enjoyed making quilts and Ukrainian eggs. After my divorce in 1990, I got into painting with watercolors. I also took a class at the Portland School of Art on how to make Sterling silver jewelry and set semi-precious stones. In 1993 I remarried. At this time my children were at that nice age where they enjoyed doing craft projects with me, like, painting rocks and t-shirts. In 1994 I had my 3rd child. In 1997 I went to dental assisting school and got a job making dental crowns and bridges.
Now I’m a stay-at-home Mom and full time artist. I love making bowls, vases, lamps, purses, drums, masks,jewelry, and birdhouses out of the gourds that just “appeared” in my garden one year. Making walking sticks is also a passion of mine. Wood-burning intricate designs into the sticks and gourds is meditative and calming for me.
My goal is to make you smile with my art.
I hope you enjoy.
Peace,
Barbali
Check out my other website:
www.flickr.com/photos/barbalira

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