Barbara Brosnihan


Barbara Brosnihan

Barbara Brosnihan

Artist Statement/Biography

I’ve always loved the outdoors and been awed by the beauty of the clouds and trees and how they dance against the sky. As a young child my mother, who provided me with art lessons in the summers at The Worcester Art Museum encouraged me. As my interest in art grew so did the encouragement of my art teachers. They were my inspiration for applying to Massachusetts College of Art, where I received a B.F.A. in Painting and Illustration and received a full scholarship for my senior year in 1955.

While my children were very young I taught private painting lessons in my studio and specialized in children’s portraits.

In 1967 I began teaching art at Forest Grove Junior High in Worcester. In 1969 I graduated from Assumption College with a M.A.T. in Art Education and in l978 received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from the University of Massachusetts.

I continued to teach art for 31 years in the Worcester Public Schools, mainly at South High Community School.

When I retired from teaching in 1998 I returned to painting full time. Drawing new inspiration from sunrises and sunsets, my landscape paintings are a combination of imagination and observation. My aim is to capture the beauty and mystical quality of the natural environment. I joined the Westboro Art Gallery where I exhibited my paintings for 15 years.

Past exhibitions include the Deerfield Valley Art Association, Eastern State Exhibition, The Holden Art Association, the Capen Hill Nature Sanctuary, the Arts Center in Southborough, and The Gallery at Briarwood.