Barbara Stainman is an artist who values experimentation, using the question “what if” and her materials to lead her in interesting directions. She lives in Denver, Colorado, exploring line, shape and color primarily through fiber, photography, encaustic (wax), monotype printing, oil and water media.
For fiber compositions, she felts wool and silk to create touchable, accessible artwork that showcases the unique properties of the natural fibers. She often combines wool roving with her hand-spun yarn, where imperfection can be an asset!
For her work in photography she has created a unique process based on the Japanese marbling process called Suminagashi. But instead of producing a print, she photographs the Sumi ink-in-water at various stages, making images that invite contemplation.
Barbara has studied at the Art Students League of Denver and elsewhere, learning the basics and experimenting with various mediums. More recently she studied at photography at Maine Media Workshops and in 2019 at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, MT. In 2020, she completed a 6-month intensive mentorship with Alison Shaw, a prominent Massachusetts photographer.
Barbara has exhibited in R Gallery’s Meaning in Abstraction Show in 2020, and in 2019 at the juried All Colorado show and the nationally juried FACE of Fiber show. She has also shown in Central City, Evergreen and other venues around Denver. Her mixed media greeting cards are available at Juniper Sky Gallery in Ivins, Utah.
Barbara is a member of R Gallery, the Westwind Artists group, the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild, and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. She lives in Denver with her husband.