“The initial creative influence for my art is place, whether familiar or new to me. Travel has always inspired me and informed my art. An ongoing fascination with ancient cultures began in Great Britain where I lived for several years as a young woman. In addition to historic places in Europe, I have visited many important Native American sites in the Southwest and Midwest. These places provide the inspiration for many of my pastels and mixed-media works. Natural objects from these travels find their way into my art either as source of color, texture or shape. By stitching objects such as stones, shells, petals or leaves to layers of handmade paper, I create a deep texture that adds visual strength to the collages.”
Barbara Solberg has found inspiration in the landscape for over 45 years. Solberg was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but has lived in Kansas for most of her life. Salina and Lawrence were her two homes, she lived in both areas for many years. Currently, the artist lives with her husband, Tom Schmiedeler, their two cats and she creates all her work in her home studio in the countryside, atop a bluff on the Kansas River.
When not painting, Solberg teaches drawing and art history classes at The Osher Institute (KU Continuing Education). She also teaches pastel and mixed-media classes and workshops in her studio and across the state at various art centers.
2015 — Award winner, TORN, 4th Biennial Lincoln Art Center Invitational, Lincoln, KS
2010 — Featured Artist, Lawrence ArtWalk, Lawrence, KS
2003 — First Place, 2-D, Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Fair, Topeka, KS Director’s Award, Landscape III, Period Gallery (online), Lincoln, NE
2001 — First Place, 2-D, Art in the Park, Lawrence, KS
1999 — Second Place, Art in the Park, Lawrence, KS
1998 — Best of Show, Art in the Park, Lawrence, KS
Grumbacher Silver Medallion
Education: B.F.A., Painting, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas