Doreen L. Barton received her BA in Theater Design from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 2008 she studied at the Atelier School of Classical Realism in Oakland, CA, then transferred to the Rob Anderson Studio School, attending until 2012. She has also studied at Golden Gate Atelier, and with Christian Fagerlund.  Barton has exhibited her work in shows nationally, and is a member of the National Association of Women Artists. She lives and works in Olympia, WA.

"Training in the classical realism/atelier approach has been a deeply satisfying focus for me. Painting form through light and shadow, defining the planes of an object - face or tea cup, seeing the depth in an image drives me. I've wondered if I was hardwired to work in the representational cannon. I continue to be challenged whether the images are elaborate, simple or symmetrical. Recently I've painted primarily still lifes. These allow me to observe and depict physical qualities, but also to create compositions that exploit negative/positive space.

My parallel interests in 19th and early 20th century life and costume have led to a continuing project of works derived from period photographs and exhibits. These explore the differences and similarities of life then and now. "Mannequin Girl", "Perrette", and the Buffalo, New York group deal with my need to connect with lives from the past, and how I relate to their personas and circumstances."


2016, Art League Rhode Island, "Support and Defend - Art Relevant to the Veteran Experience"

2015, Falkirk 2015 Annual Fall Exhibition, San Rafael, Ca

  "Mannequin Girl" Margot Schulzke Scholarship Award, Pastel Society of the West Coast,
  Pastel USA 29th Annual International Exhibit

  "Petaluma House" Third Place award for Pastels, "Eggcup" still life, Honorable Mention
  2015 Marin County Fair

2014, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, Ca, "Unexpected" Solo Show

  Falkirk 2014 Annual Fall Exhibition, San Rafael, Ca

  Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, Ca, "Gate and Door" Honorable Mention

  Sticks Gallery, Albany, Ca

2013, Flow Art~Space, St. Paul, Mn, "Carnival"

  Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pa, "Reigning Cats & Dogs"

  Santa Cruz Art League, Ca, "Black & White"

  Santa Cruz Art League, Ca, "All Those Figures"

2012, Studio Quercus, Oakland, Ca, "Nude"

  Linus Gallery, Pasadena, Ca, "Portraits"

2011, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, Ca, "Red", "Berlin'45" Honorable Mention


2012, The Bay Area Figurative Renaissance