Santa Fe, NM
Barbara Meikle, an Albuquerque native, grew up riding horses near the foothills of the Sandia Mountains 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.
“My painting style is ‘expressive impressionism.’ It’s 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.” Barbara paints outside as well as in the studio, where she has a view of her corral with live models, and mountains east and west.
Barbara earned a degree in painting and printmaking at the University of Denver, honing her art-business skills working in galleries in New York, Chicago and Denver before returning to Santa Fe to devote herself to creating her own art. A member of the Santa Fe Society of Artists, she opened a cooperative gallery with a group of artists and in 2006 opened her own gallery, Barbara Meikle Fine Art. Barbara’s success allows her to give back to the animals she loves so much – she donates to animal shelters and equine rescue in New Mexico, including the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, Equine Spirit Sanctuary in Taos, the Horse Shelter in Cerrillos, the New Mexico Wildlife Center in Espanola and to Longhopes Donkey Shelter in Bennett, Colorado.