Barbara Zagha of Manalapan, NJ, is an exhibiting member of the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. She minored in art in college and continues to attend classes and workshops to hone her skills and to constantly explore the past, present, and future of art. Her work has been accepted and shown in juried exhibits and art shows through the years.
Barbara’s paintings hang in restaurants, corporations, and private collections. She works in many medias including watercolors, pastels, photography, pencil, pen and ink, and oil.
Barbara works closely with many not-for-profit organizations, creating colorful greeting cards for these organizations to sell for fundraising, or as invitations and thank-you notes for their events. Clients include: Boy Scouts of America, Prevent Child Abuse NJ, Special Strides, Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center, and Congregation Sons of Israel.
Barbara is often inspired and ceaselessly supported by her loving family.
Personal technique: “Once I’ve determined the subject of the painting, I proceed to layout the theme for composition. The array of colors usually depends upon the mood of the topic to be painted. The fun is watching the colors shine through one another as I paint by layering. For the moment, watercolors are my main focus. Working with them is incredibly exciting. Whether I’m painting landscapes, still lifes, florals, or people, I try to let the watercolor retain it’s own life and movement. My favorite subject is people. I can experience their moods through their body language, dress, and interaction with each other. They swirl by me and I take those that touch me and paint them. Having danced for many years of my life, I’ve become wonderfully aware of movement and line. The choreography of life and the celebration of its colors are the challenges I take with each new picture I venture to paint.”