Barbara Kahn


Artist Statement:

“It is the act of creativity that stirs me. To feel that special energy flowing as my hand moves with brush across a surface is the deepest feeling I know, whether it is painting the side of a building, a canvas or sketching a landscape. When I am finished painting for the day I am left with an exquisite sense of peace.barbara-kahn

The theme of my work is to bring forth that which is mysterious, evocative, and lasting.  I push myself to venture further into unknown areas—that opens my mind to new ways of seeing. Natural surroundings are close to my heart and I love sketching and photographing the flora, fauna and landscape; these images often come into my mind as I paint in my studio.   

Sometimes when I am at a spot in nature something profoundly moves me. That moment will germinate in me until I start depicting it on canvas. Then the painting slowly evolves; the initial glimmer is there, but as layers are applied the surface becomes a place where nuances occur and I become the translator of dreams. As a result each painting teaches, touches and inspires me.

It is my hope that my art affects others with inspiration, beauty and depth.”


Born in New Jersey and raised in Newburgh, NY, Barbara exhibited artistic abilities at the early age of five and a few years later was tutored in painting weekly until graduating high school.  She received a classical education  at Rhode Island School of Design, and graduated with a BFA in Painting. Further studies include the European Honors Program in Italy and the Yale-Norfolk School of Music and Art.  Her extensive travels in Europe, India and Mexico have greatly influenced her unique style of art. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and is in several private collections. After living in California for several decades, she changed her life, and moved to North Carolina in 1999, and settled in Little Switzerland in the Blue Ridge Mountains; a deep source of inspiration for her.