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.
"My initial focus was on figurative, the human form, along with portraiture. Since then I've worked en plein air in both urban and rural settings, particularly where objects are seen in an unsettling placement, or thrown together in a confused jumble. I'm often attracted to seemingly ordinary scenes/images, but with compositions that are unconventional. 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", the Buffalo, New York group deal with my need to connect with lives from the past, and how I relate to their images and personas. Mannequin Girl is actually an early 20th c display model. Her head was made of wax. She calls up for me the myths of girlhood, how undying and pernicious they are. She appears to be a real little girl, but is not. Perrette and Eugene are struggling, ragtag performers - forgotten, only remembered by the marker plate on their graves. These pieces fuel my desire to travel into past times that seem pristine, or exotic at first glance, or as in the case of the Buffalo boys, raw. When working on "history" subjects I'm hungry for more information. I scratch and reexamine to find hidden, telling details about the subject and period, how their mores and aesthetics rarely match up with the realities, and to find my connection with them."
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