Art Display

Barbara Tobin Klema


Artist's statement

I use watermedia to express my feelings about the natural world.  My artwork is inspired by the dynamic beauty and diversity I find around me.  I strive to show variety of experience; from the most silent to the extremes of wildness.  Portraying a quality of light, feelings of isolation, a storm, a season, or beauty observed in color and form.


Barbara has spent the last 40 years working as a professional artist, has owned two art galleries, taught art classes at Fort Lewis College and Crimson Paintbrush Art Studio, her business in the historic Smiley Building. She has worked as a botanical illustrator and taught classes for the Durango Botanical Society.   Barbara has had paintings shown in the prestigious Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibit and has won numerous awards over the years, including the Durango Arts Center, 2013 Best of Show. She is a member of the Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners and a member of the Friends of the Durango Art Library Board at the Durango Art Center. She continues to translate her experience of life on paper with watercolor.

If you would like to learn more about Barbara's work or get in touch with the artist contact the Library at 970.884.2222 ext. 510