Barbara Mosher

The beginning of my love for art, paint and the creative process started when I was very young.  I remember vividly the first time I felt the wonder of what I created.  It began with my first “canvas” of cardboard taken from my father’s freshly starched white dress shirts. In our yard bloomed beautiful blue hydrangeas.  With my tin container of watercolors and a cheap brush, I painted those delightful blue flowers on my light brown cardboard. In my eyes I had created the most beautiful painting.
As my art progressed, I received accolades in third grade for my almost perfect perspective, of a rabbit sitting on a log in the snow.   Throughout the rest of my formative years, I sketched and painted for my personal enjoyment. It wasn’t until I had earned my Bachelors of Arts in Education and Communication that I realized that I needed to be an artist. Being told that a life as an artist is a life of minimal monetary sustenance, I returned to graduate school for Environmental Design. Then furthering my education studying Industrial Design, always finding the time to draw, paint and create whenever I could.
In 1975 I began working for General Motors at the Design Staff in Warren, Michigan as one of the first woman designers to be hired.   My first position was in the Graphic Design department, where I created marketing materials, logos and ornaments for vehicles. (Occasionally, today, I still see my hood ornament design from 1977 on an El Camino or Malibu.) From there I was transferred to the Chevrolet automobile design studio where I designed the interiors of various Chevrolet models, which included, instrument panels, seats and door panels that eventually went into production. There was very little CAD that was used and only by the engineers in the design.  The industrial designers, such as myself, created the designs/ renderings with our hands, using pencil, pen, marker and pastels. Throughout this time, I continued to paint and draw outside of my employ, entering shows and having my art acquired by individuals. I often freelanced my design skills, designing logos and other graphics for political parties and civic organizations.
Years later, upon relocating to Texas, with my then current husband, I enjoyed the attention of the art community in Dallas and north where we resided.  I also began designing sets for community theatre and was featured multiple times in local publications.  I had my studio, creating my art and paintings and had developed a creative world I enjoyed. One grey stormy evening my world abruptly changed with a devastating tornado that completely destroyed our business, our home, my studio and the years of fine art, paintings and my portfolio of accomplishments. As most artists will confirm, those paintings, brushes and years of acquired materials become like a family.  A familiar and comforting companion. 
After a few transitions to get centered and back on track we relocated to California. I utilized my BA in education and taught Art to elementary and middle school children.  All the while, painting, sketching and creating a new body of work, while missing my history lost in the storm.
I soon created a business providing design and printing services to corporate America. I designed logos and produced business stationery for notable national clients, such as Hewlett Packard, Fireman’s Fund Insurance and Merrill Lynch.  Simultaneously, I had an advertising arm that had unique ways of advertising for businesses.  Our designs were featured in the San Diego Union, Daily California Newspaper and KUSI Television.
Throughout my creative history I have created detailed graphic images while in contrast my paintings have been and currently are wildly abstract.  The dichotomy of the two fed each other.  The freedom of abstract is where my heart is and where I feel free from the restrictions of the defined line/object. 
Throughout my life, my art has intrigued others and resulted in recognition and awards.  In 2016 I am honored to be listed as one of the 50 to watch in San Diego by the Studio Door. My art has been selected to be in the corporate collection of Jazzercize Corporate headquarters in Carlsbad, California.
Arianna Huffington invited me to tell my story and write about my art and the journey of artists.   I currently am a contributor and write “Art as I See It”, www.huffingtonpost.com/author/barbara-mosher
I have been featured in an article in the World Art Collector magazine.
 I was selected and represented the United States at the World Art Games held in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2015.  My abstract piece “Swept Away” is part of the permanent collection at the World Art Games, World Headquarters in Zagreb, Croatia
I continue to find the most joy in my well-used paint brushes, always remembering where it all began with those beautiful blue hydrangeas.