BARBARA GRANT and Straddle The Turtle

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On Etsy since 2014
Video summary: This young visitor to my studio taught ME a few things! He's a natural :)

Roxy & Ringo hang out with me in my studio. We like the same music so it works out pretty well... 🎶 🐶🎵🐶🎶

I’m a visual artist - pretty handy with a variety of tools (watercolor, oil & acrylic, printmaking, etc). I use whatever it takes to get the job done. Ideas come from reading, listening, observing and sometimes out of nowhere - these concepts seem important, so I make them into art. They manifest as landscapes, abstract designs, portraits, cartoons or whatever helps them see the light of day and are mostly symbolic of something meaningful to me, or at least fun.

Having returned to school after my children were grown allowed me the experience of bonding with artists half my age. I believe learning and working alongside my younger friends taught me to be more innovative in my approach to art making; it expanded my ability to adapt to ever-changing methods in technology and media. I earned a BFA degree from Northern Illinois University in 1989, shortly before my 40th birthday and dove into creating and exhibiting one series after another, pouring out my heart with gusto!

But 20 years of making art and running my own studio business took a toll on my energy. In 2010 I began meeting monthly with a small group of artists in the Whitewater, Wisconsin area. After having operated as a solo artist for so long, it was a relief to share the load physically, mentally and financially. We gave each other feedback and exhibited our artwork as a group. Getting together regularly over time regarding a passion we shared caused us to build trusted friendships. We learned a great deal from each other and continue to do so.

I trained in 2014 with the Alzheimers Association of Milwaukee to learn how to facilitate their “Memories in the Making” program. I enjoyed volunteering with a memory care activities group each Friday afternoon for five years until the Covid19 pandemic. It had been wonderful to witness how making visual art could help people with failing memories express so much when their words alluded them. And it was fascinating to observe the “style” that each of these adults had maintained at their core. This work encouraged me to be more experimental and inventive in my own creative problem solving, an ever-evolving process.

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  • Barbara Grant


    I use a lot of symbolism in my artwork. Making things has always been therapeutic for me; if others also benefit from my creations, that's even better.

  • Grandson Logan


    Mr. Logan has his own Etsy shop (TheCraftyCabinUS). As we learn together how to market and sell the items we create, we help each other. His enthusiasm and courage give me heart, especially during this scary pandemic.

  • Tyler Lammert


    Tyler is my grandson. At the age of 15 he spent a summer helping me upload photos & data to my Etsy Shop. Because he is an aspiring writer, he also added his comments about some of my items noted with this entry: ✒︎ Tybo’s Tall Tales*

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
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I am happy to gift wrap your items; just message me when you place your order :)