Becoming an artist never entered Barb Dickerson's
mind until she
was married with three young children.
Like most little girls, Barb
loved to draw and color, but as she
grew up her
interest was in education.
Barb graduated from a private high school in Illinois and attended the University of Illinois where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.
stayed home to take care of her
three young children where they now lived in San Diego, CA.
finished one year of her
masters in Administration at Mesa College
Looking for something fun to do that was just for her
remembered a beautiful water color of a mallard duck her
twin sister had painted in high school.
That was it; Barb
would try her
hand at painting.
Now living near Houston, Texas, Barb
painted on her
own for a while, but realized she
needed some instruction.
went into the big city of Houston and found a wonderful artist, Pat Souma, who had been a student of Dalhart Windberg's, a famous artist in Georgetown, Texas.
studied Windberg's Flemish Old Master's palette and techniques for two years.
family moved to Georgia.
People loved Barb's paintings.
In 1979, she
decided to take a big leap by going to an art show to see what happened.
Doing much better then she
signed up for more shows, eventually being accepted into the most prestigious shows up and down the east coast.
listened closely to customer's comments and educated herself by taking workshops from well known artists and she
In the next five years, Barb
learned how to market her
work at shows to increase her
was doing so well at shows, when her
husband got laid off from his
job; they decided to do shows full time.
This career course was a surprise, but Barb
was doing so well at her
'hobby' it seemed to be a natural course to follow.
They did shows full time for twelve years, making a good living and raising their children.
Finally, tiring of the constant travel from doing shows, Barbara
decided to see if she
could build a new business by teaching her
secrets to the public.
Armed with her
education degree, Barbara
knowledge of teaching basic fundamentals to her
new students in the form of fine arts on canvas.
In two years, Barbara's classes were built up with a waiting list and she
was launched into her
Numerous newspaper articles have been written about her
classes and students.
was glad she
has met many wonderful people as well as enjoying her
career as an oil painting teacher.
weekly classes, Barbara
teaches workshops on color, mood, harmonious color schemes, creating your own art identity by and painting original paintings. . Barbara's strengths include an innate feel for color and eliciting emotions from the viewer in her
Barb goes the second mile with her students believing in teaching them all she knows to help them become the best artist they can be.
uses very little lecture in her
workshops using "hands on" and letting students experience as much as they can.
discovered Dalhart Windberg
was still teaching workshops.
She took several workshops from him and has ended up being an ongoing student of his.
enjoyed reading two of his
books, "The Artist of Texas" and "In the Path of the Masters", two biographies written about him.
was so impressed with Barbara's skill and teaching status that he
made two rare visits to Georgia to teach a week long workshop each time to her
was also asked to teach in several national workshop organizations as well as private workshops around the United States.
While teaching a workshop in San Francisco, Barbara
was talking to the marketing manager of Golden Acrylics
, Howard Thaller.
Golden ended up using Barb
and ten of her
students to test their new Open Acrylics which was very instrumental in Golden coming up with a high quality paint and mediums that was easy to control and multi dimensional.
Four artists were used to introduce their new product nationally and Barb
was one of them.
Barb yearned to know if there was art talent in her family since she and her identical twin sister were both talented artist, but were adopted when they were three years old by a highly educated family.
Born in Syracuse, New York, Barb and Betty lived on a dairy farm after they were adopted, but then quickly moved to Iowa with their new parents.
Their father was a professor at different universities throughout their childhoods.
Living in New York, Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, California and Georgia gave Barb a good look at the United States and how beautiful it is.
and Betty were grown their mother told them what she
had always wanted to know.