Barbara Benedetti Newton, a native of the Pacific Northwest, lives and works in Black Diamond, Washington. In 1963 through 1965, she attended the Burnley School of Professional Art, now known as Seattle Art Institute, Seattle, Washington. She began her art career as a fashion illustrator, working with pen and ink. In 1990, Barbara began creating fine art with colored pencil focusing on still life composition.
"For me, painting is a journey of discovery from challenges of mastering the medium to contemplation about my message. I portray natural and man-made objects in a light filled environment. Presenting a variety of relationships is facinating to me - color to form, object to subject, shadow to light. I combine surface characteristics, color, and attention to detail to portray the spare elegance of ordinary objects and everyday scenes through contemporary realism. My most recent work has been creating landscape paintings through the luscious color and buttery texture of soft pastel."
Barbara is a member of numerous art organizations some of which are: Northwest Pastel Society; Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, Juried Member; Women Painters of Washington, Juried Member, Newsletter Editor; International Artists Society, Associate Member; Allied Artists of America, New York, N.Y.; and the Eastside Association of Fine Arts, Member. She has served as President and Membership Director of the Colored Pencil Society of America of which she is a Charter Member and Signature Member.
Over the years, Barbara has been the recipient of over forty awards and honors such as First Place in juried art shows, Art Magazines, the Colored Pencil Society of America, State Fairs, and Art Institutes from Washington to New York. She has been honored over a dozen times in many publications with articles and examples of her work by North Light Books; Davis Publications, Inc; F&W Publications; Rockport Publishers; Who's Who in America; The World Who's Who of Women; International Artist Magazine; American Artist; The Artist's Magazine; American Artist Magazine; U.S. Art Magazine; and North Light Magazine.
Barbara is an instructor at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington; Daniel Smith, Bellevue, Washington; and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Lincoln City, Oregon. Barbara now teaches private sessions as well as contributing to various local art organizations.
Barbara won the Best of Show at the Northwest Pastel Society's 26th (2012) International Open Exhibition held at the American Art Company, Tacoma, WA for the pastel painting, "Heartbreak Morning". The Juror was Elizabeth Mowry. Also, in October the Northwest Pastel Society's 2012 Members Exhibition in Hood River, Oregon awarded Barbara's pastel, "Edge of Winter" with the Best of Show. She was also awarded First for her pastel painting, "Sanctuary" in the Women Painters of Washington Members Exhibit.