Barbara Mason is an artist/printmaker working in her own printmaking studio in Aloha, 15 miles west of Portland, Oregon. A lifelong artist, she began studying printmaking in the early 80’s and was immediately enamored with the medium. Barbara has been making monotypes since the early 1980s and 5 years ago included block prints and solar plate intaglio prints in her portfolio.
Barbara is an arts advocate and active in the community. She has been a resource person for the Beaverton School District since 1976. Serving 8 years on the board of the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum, she was also a founding board member of Art in the Pearl, an outdoor community arts fair taking place on Labor Day Weekend. She has been on the board of Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is past president and current board member of Print Arts Northwest the gallery and studio of the Northwest Print Council. She is currently an artist at Waterstone Gallery, an artist owned gallery, in Portland, OR.
Barbara spends many hours each year as a volunteer teaching printmaking in local schools and for Art Media and Print Arts Northwest. Her enthusiasm for printmaking is translated into wonderful works by students ages 8-80 who thought they couldn’t draw and therefore couldn’t make art. They were mistaken, Barbara is sure anyone can make art and everyone should be doing so
Barbara’s interest in the new solarplate etching process has sent her work in a new direction and the resulting etchings multiples, done in editions of 20 or less. This exciting non objective work seeks to portray the balance in life as well as the choices made by us as humans.
Barbara has shown her work nationally and internationally for the last 25 years, her works are in the collections of the Portland Art Museum, Intel Corporation, Crow’s Shadow Art Institute, the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas, the New York Public Library Collection, the National Museum of Kampala, Uganda, and numerous private individuals and corporations.
University of Washington
Oregon College of Arts and Crafts
Portland State University
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Printmaking workshops from: Lise Drost, Kim Fink, Myrna Burk, Jim Hibbard, Christy Wyckoff, Tom Porchaska, Brian Shannon, Non Toxic Printmaking with Raymon Murilla , Solar plate intaglio with Dan Welden and traditional water-soluble woodblock with Graham Scholes, David Bull and Richard Steiner.
Davidson Gallery, Seattle
Waterstone Gallery, Portland
Print Arts Northwest, Portland
Works on Paper, Santa Fe