Barbara Benedetti Newton

Barbara Benedetti Newton, a native of the Pacific Northwest, lives and works in Black Diamond, Washington. She attended the Burnley School of Professional Art – now known as Seattle Art Institute – where she studied with Bill Cumming and went on to a professional art career in 1965 as a fashion illustrator, working with pen and ink. In 1990, Barbara began creating fine art with colored pencil focusing on still life composition. Decades later, her primary mediums are pastel and oil and her subjects are landscapes as well as still life scenes.

Barbara is a member of numerous art organizations some of which are: Northwest Pastel Society (Distinguished Pastelist), Women Painters of Washington (Honored Life Member), International Association of Pastel Societies (Master Circle Honoree) and American Impressionist Society. She is a past President and Life Member of Colored Pencil Society of America.

Over the years, Barbara has been the recipient of more than 50 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 authored two books: Colored Pencil Solution Book and Pastel Drawing as well as featured articles in magazines such as Pratique des Arts, International Artist Magazine, American Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.

A long-time instructor at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Lincoln City, Oregon, Barbara now teaches private sessions as well as contributing as an active member of various art organizations.

Barbara’s work is published by two art print publishers as large format reproductions for home and office.

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