Barb Mallon and fellow artist Bill Atwood, at their artist reception at ArtPort Gallery.

As a native of western Washington State, Barb is attuned to the natural beauty of the land and waters of the Pacific Northwest. After retiring to the southwest Washington coast, from the Seattle area, she has taken every opportunity to explore the beaches, bays, forests, and hills of this magnificent part of the world. That is, when she is not in her studio transforming her interpretation of the sights and sounds of her explorations into amazing pieces of art. Her take on this is informed by her interest in the primitive aspects of life. However, to Barb, primitive does not mean simple. In fact, her work is full of nuance and layers that invite the viewer to delve deeper and deeper into the complexity of culture and symbology.

Like many artists, Barb’s interest in art began at an early age. Even as she pursued a degree in Marine Biology, Barb augmented her studies with a second path in biological illustration. From there her creative development grew to include the mediums of watercolor, oils, and acrylics. Always looking for something new, she discovered the fascinating world of encaustics.