If your walls could talk: Beauty, Joy, Investment

"That is a remarkably creative piece covering your midsection." "Thank you. I hear you’re about to get a bold, relief abstract with authentic Baltimore Bus Shelter glass!”                               “The upstairs walls will be envious."                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One Wall to Another                  

Who doesn't enjoy beauty? From cars, homes, clothing, accessories, soul mates…we're looking for our particular form of beauty that will enrich our lives. This artwork is unique, with rich colors and clear textures you have to see to totally enjoy.

Wouldn't you rather experience joy over some of the other emotions? Whether at home, the office, or given as a gift of love, these artworks were created unhurried when I am relaxed and peaceful. The images, materials and workmanship will give you delightful hours of viewing pleasure and are stimulating conversation pieces.

Looking to invest in fine art? You can confidently purchase these authentically made artworks to begin or add to a collection. Or maybe you’re looking to add to your philanthropy because this website’s purpose is to bring a little girl’s dream into reality.

Barbara Joann Combs

Since childhood creating art has been a passion and I dreamed of a building where I would teach classes, there is gallery space to exhibit, offering some type of food with jazz music playing and I would live on top.

Besides the usual challenges of life, "Who am I?", "What's the meaning of life?", keeping my childhood dream alive has been the most significant challenge. When talking to people about it, they love the idea but have reservations about the possibilities, after a while I begin to believe I can't bring this dream to life either! My impatience and lack of knowledge of where to start, begin, and finish, are sometimes overwhelming and the dream goes into the back of my mind as I continue with everyday life.

What caught my eye, ignited a flame, and stirred an excitement for the dream again was reading an advertisement for the Community Arts program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)! Making a decision to give up my newly acquired tenured position as a high school art teacher, move away from my four sons who came back from various places to live near "Mom" and move into the unknown was extremely difficult but it was necessary if I wanted to move forward.

MICA's program was perfect! I learned how to develop, run and maintain non-profit community art programs. This gave way to many reflective nights on what art center model would best fit my skill level, which community to plant roots in and what type of legacy will be left behind. I created a lot of artwork and I networked with a variety of artists and the Baltimore community. It was heaven on earth.

My biggest obstacles today are the same as at the start with a few more added…being taken seriously; staying courageous; money; narrowing in on the details of the art center and deciding on a location, neighborhood, the competition, and being overwhelmed by what experts say should be executed and accomplished to be successful. Pursuing my goal has forced me to access my left brain and become seriously less emotional in my decision making. My self-esteem has greatly improved and confidence in bringing the goal to life continues to grow.

In 3-5 years the goal is to have chosen a city; negotiations underway for a building and partnerships with Baltimore Clayworks and Baltimore Aquarium established for satellite programs within the art center.

The Process

An idea comes to mind and a drawing takes form in my sketchbook. From sketchbook to working an idea out on canvas with thick impasto techniques…carving into linoleum or wood and watching the image come to life when the print is pulled…playing with fluid acrylics like watercolors as the textures form on paper…this is my life fuel.

The most rewarding part of creating is when an idea becomes visual. I can touch it with my hands, experience it with my emotions and people totally enjoy the artwork.

I'm driving for Lyft with these two passengers, a father and son. As we began talking, the son and I discovered we both enjoy creating art. I loved the questions he asked me, "What are your favorite artists?" "What materials are your favorite to work with?" He saw my work online and said, "These are awesome!" His Dad was now curious and leaned over to look at his son's phone. As they were getting out of the car, Dad said, “We’ll be keeping an eye on the progress of your website.” That was the best ever compliment and was a great motivator to keep moving forward.