Barbara Rischmiller-Brook began watercolor painting in 1991 after many years of painting with oils. A self portrait painted by her grandmother in watercolor was the inspiration. Her paintings have earned numerous awards including the People’s Choice and Best of Show in art shows in Minnesota and Florida.
In 2008, Barbara’s painting, “Tropicana” was awarded Second Place in the Brevard Watercolor Society’s annual show in Melbourne. Florida. It also received recognition by the Florida Watercolor Society. In 2009 her painting was selected for exhibition by the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. This painting of a single rosebud was one of 100 selected from over 850 entrants by 468 fellow artists. “Tropicana” was on display in the Kenosha Public Art Museum in Kenosha Wisconsin.
“The method of Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper has put a new spark into my life. After being a very detailed painter for many years, I am now enjoying the loose ethereal look of my paintings. I am looking at all of my reference photos with a different perspective. The process of building layers of wax alternately with color is intriguing as well as challenging as it becomes increasingly more difficult to see the paint color as the wax builds up. The final step of melting the wax by ironing the painting is the most exciting part of the process.”