Barbara Reich is a nationally recognized artist specializing in soft pastel, a medium that is very exciting and beautifully complex. Capturing moments, subjects, and strong visual concepts, with the near pure pigments of soft pastel is exhilarating, and sharing this knowledge with others is something she is passionate about. Barbara enjoys both studio and plein air painting, working from life as often as possible. Early instruction instilled in her the intense desire to draw better, paint color with more emotion, and to always hunt and study the changing light.
Barbara regularly exhibits in juried exhibitions and was awarded signature status in the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She participates in numerous plein air paint outs each year, finding them to be uniquely challenging and rewarding. Barbara was honored to be a participating artist in the inaugural 2018 Paint Grand Traverse Paint-Out, returning again in 2019 and 2020. She is a founding member of the Mid-Michigan Plein Air Painters, and her paintings have been included in multiple publications. Barbara strongly believes that creating art is a continuous learning experience and greatly enjoys giving back in the form of teaching and demonstrating.
Barbara is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She is also a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society, Associate member of the Pastel Society of America, The American Impressionist Society, The Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, Crooked Tree Arts Center, the Glen Arbor Art Center, and the Northport Art Association.