About Barbie Mathis

I am an Artist and Art Instructor who lives to create Watermedia Paintings and Calligraphy. And, I'd love to lead a class or workshop in your area of the country. Demos, Talks and Classes in Watercolor, Acrylic and Calligraphy are available. Commissions Accepted.

BIO

Barbie Mathis, a native of Columbia, SC, has been working as a professional artist since 1980. Over the years, she has evolved as an illustrator, designer and painter working in various media with her main emphasis being Watermedia (Acrylic and Watercolor) painting. Barbie’s primary focus is on realistic florals and landscapes immersed in layers of colorful glazes, dramatic lighting and rich, natural backgrounds. She also enjoys doing artistic renditions of people and animals, and has an on-going series called “It's All About Faith” that celebrates the creativity and individuality of her daughter, Faith. 

 Barbie studied Fashion Design and Illustration at Bauder Fashion College in Atlanta, GA.  She has since worked in advertising, graphic design and mat design for various newspapers, printing companies and art galleries. She has been published by Bentley House Publishing and currently self-publishes a limited number of fine art prints. Barbie was awarded her Signature Membership in the South Carolina Watermedia Society in 2006. She has exhibited and won awards in numerous shows, and her work is in both public and private collections around the country.  Barbie teaches painting and calligraphy at City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, and is an adjunct instructor at Midlands Technical College. She also teaches private classes in between doing paintings and workshops for individuals and art leagues in South Carolina and throughout the USA.