Barbara Greene is a landscape painter who lives in Williston, Vermont. She’s one of the founders of the Jericho Plein Air Festival which debuted to great reviews in 2011 and continued for eight successful years, and she continues to be actively involved in the art community. She started painting seriously as a teenager, and though she’d always envisioned a career in the arts, life got in the way, and for many years, painting necessarily took a back seat to other professional work and family responsibilities. About 12 years ago, with joy (and occasional frustration), Barbara picked up her brushes again and painting has since been her primary focus. She studied painting with Philip Shumaker and Lawrence Hirsch in New York, did studio work and studied art history as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, and subsequently pursued coursework at the Cleveland Institute of Art as a non-degree candidate. Barbara’s paintings are in private collections around the country and she has exhibited her work in a number of galleries in Vermont. I work in oils, most often outdoors from spring into early fall and in the studio during the rest of the year, though I’ll frequently complete indoors a painting begun outside. And most often I paint landscapes. I paint to communicate—to translate onto canvas with color and shape and brushstrokes my impressions of a place or a moment, to tell a story. I want to capture the play of light and color on structures and the land itself, and specifically to paint not only what I see but how I feel about it. And a passionate sailor, I’m drawn to the water, to reflections of the land and the sky on water, and reflections and bridges often find their way into my work. Not quite abstract yet not quite representational, my paintings reveal the basic elements of an approachable, identifiable context, but not the details. I try to create a sense of place, and a painted place may be readily recognizable or may just feel familiar. Working with color, light and shapes, I invite viewers to share my visions of my subject matter—or to step into my paintings and create their own.