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.”
In 2009, Barbara started sculpting, casting her pieces in bronze, culminating with a hot color patina for a stunning finish on each piece.
Barbara earned a degree in painting and printmaking at the University of Denver, working in galleries in New York, Chicago, and Denver before returning to Santa Fe to devote herself to creating her own art. Barbara’s success allows her to give back to the animals she loves so much – she donates to animal shelters and equine rescues in New Mexico and nationally.