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Barbara's Story

Barbara Tibbets is a self-taught artist, originally from San Diego, California. She took her first painting class in 1979 with her mother, Betty, where they shared a life-long love of painting. 

Over the years, while working full-time at ASU, Barbara spent many, many lunch hours sketching whatever was handy or visiting one of the dozen galleries at the university. Free time was spent drawing and painting in watercolor and acrylic. Barbara also took classes and workshops on drawing, painting and mixed media to find her own style. Each class, workshop or painting session at home taught her that “each painting is a lesson”. 

Now retired, Barbara spends her days focusing on large watercolor landscapes. Each piece takes on it’s own life of vibrant color and direction. “I never know where or how the paint will flow. I just let it happen”. 

Barbara lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, Jim.

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Barbara working in her Chandler, AZ art studio.

SW Virginia Community College 1986 - 1990

Art Classes I, II, III

Business and Graphic Design

Workshops attended over the last 30 years

Maxine Masterfield, Carrie Burns Brown, Karen Roscosa, and Lian Quan  Zhen. 

More local artists were Betsy Dillard Stoud, Bruce Marion, John Ewrin, Bev Joriwack and Sue Hunter.


Accepted juried exhibition for Arizona Watercolor Association:

2002 Spring Membership Exhibit 

"North Of Gammage"


2013 Fall Membership Exhibit

"Coral Reef"


2014 Spring Membership Exhibit

"Let's Go"


2015 Spring Membership Exhibit

"Hula Hoop Dreams"


Accepted juried exhibitions for Gilbert Visual Artist League:

Fall Member’s Exhibition 2019 

Spring Member’s Exhibition 2015 

Fall Member’s Exhibition 2013

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