Artists / 2018 Cowgirl Up!

Barbara Meikle

Barbara Meikle, an Albuquerque native, grew up the sixth of seven children who shared long afternoons near the foothills of the Sandia Mountains and riding horses along the Rio Grande.“I’ve been an artist my whole life, driven by my fascination for horses and other animals. I never thought of doing anything else.” Barbara loves to capture the shades and textures of rocky mesas and clay outcroppings with fuchsia, salmon, and amber. In her landscapes and animal paintings, sapphire skies contrast with champagne clouds over piñon-covered hills; bright pink donkeys collide with sage green mustangs. “I call the type of painting that I do ‘expressive impressionism.’ The style is impressionistic but the color heightens that expression. It’s not natural color but emotional color. It’s how I feel about a subject or a place.”

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