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Barbara Riley: Breath on Paper

  • A Gallery Somewhere 3209 Calle Marie Santa Fe, NM, 87507 United States (map)

Sumi-e or black ink painting captures a moment.

In Zen-inspired paintings: a single breath to a single brushstroke. To paint becomes an encounter with a single moment, even when using more than one brush stroke. Working on a variety of traditional calligraphy papers, ink and brush chase each other. Adding color shifts contrast, heightening immediacy. 


After training for years by copying Asian classical paintings, I met William Preston whose instruction and mentoring deepened my practice and my painting immeasurably. He asked me to see differently, to use Notan. Sometimes, I could make him laugh. Hopefully, the intelligence and wit he shared so generously comes through in my paintings. Anything lackluster is mine alone.

Barbara Riley

September 13, 2019, 6 to 8 p.m.
The exhibit will be available for viewing until September 30.

See a sampling of Barbara Riley’s Zen-inspired paintings on her gallery page.

Earlier Event: August 23
Shakespeare on the Wall