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Barbara Riley: Breath on Paper

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

Ink painting captures a moment.

A single breath to a single brushstroke. To paint becomes an encounter with a single moment, even when using more than one brushstroke. Working on a variety of traditional calligraphy papers, ink and brush chase each other. Adding color shifts contrast, heightening immediacy. It takes only one breath to enter a painting where the landscape of the mind can open unexpectedly.


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 20, 2019, 5 to 7 p.m.
The exhibit will be available for viewing until October 11

After the opening reception, open gallery hours will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays • 1 to 5 P.M. or by appointment (505-302-5432).

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

Earlier Event: October 7
Barbara Riley: Breath on Paper
Later Event: October 10
Barbara Riley: Breath on Paper