Barbara Noonan brings to the gallery influences from the Pacific Northwest where she lives on an island north of Seattle. Every winter she spends a month on St. George Island walking the beach for miles daily in every kind of weather: birdwatching, exploring the shifting colors and angles of light, watching the fog roll in.
Natural wild shorelines are a touchstone for Barbara; she has lead natural history and birdwatching trips in Alaska on the remote Pribilof Islands and in the Arctic. She's also worked aboard small expedition trips in Tahiti and the Caribbean.
Although she has worked in oils, watercolor and gouache, Barbara prefers soft pastel for the immediacy of the pigment and its saturation potential. In her pastel paintings, she seeks to push the boundaries between abstract and interpretive landscape painting.
Barbara is represented in several galleries in and around the Seattle area, as well as in a number of public and private collections on the west coast. She enjoys sharing ideas with students and is sought out for her private classes and workshops.