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Barbara Willcox DiLorenzo graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, but jumped into web and graphic design immediately after college. Although she continued to paint in her free time, for over a decade, client work always came first.

Moving to New York city in 2010 changed all … Read More
Barbara Willcox DiLorenzo graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, but jumped into web and graphic design immediately after college. Although she continued to paint in her free time, for over a decade, client work always came first.

Moving to New York city in 2010 changed all of that. Barbara decided to focus on traditional art once again, and signed up for a full-time class at the Art Students League of New York. Much like RISD, the League has a rich history of famous art students and teachers. Scrubbing paintbrushes at the sink, Barbara often wonders if Georgia O'Keefe herself stood at that very place, cleaning her brushes too. The halls of these great institutions are sacred spaces to Barbara.

After studying for over a year with Mary Beth McKenzie, Barbara felt ready to begin working from her home studio. Since Mary Beth had in essence, calibrated Barbara's sense of colors and proportion with reality, Barbara felt confident to now break those rules for illustration's sake. After many portraits in natural light against grey backgrounds in class, Barbara was now finding a way to use bright greens and pale blues in her illustrations. And unlike her former work in watercolor, Barbara found that oil paint colors can be reapplied until the color is just right.

While on her way to paint in Union Square one morning, Barbara bumped into someone from The Creative Center on the subway. She learned that The Creative Center runs programs on creative aging as well as art instruction for terminally ill patients. After some time, Barbara began teaching a watercolor class in the senior center at Confucius Plaza. Although she was hired for an eight week program, she is still teaching nine months later.

In 2012, Barbara made a vow to focus steadfastly on illustration. Although this year she has had more success in having fine art juried into shows than illustrations published, she has so much hope. It is her driving goal to bring the timeless appeal of oil painting back into the world of illustration - although she is a whiz at Photoshop, and can't resist editing out tiny specks and bumps. She has found a way to paint without adding medium to the image, which allows the oil paint to dry within a day. Since drying time can upset a deadline, this was a good discovery to make.

Barbara has become an active member of SCBWI, attending the National Conference in NY in January, and two regional conferences in Philadelphia and New Jersey. She is a member of several critique groups, and regularly haunts the local bookstores. She has her fingers crossed that maybe she will have her work accepted to the Rutgers One-on-One conference this fall.

Although Barbara has painted almost all of her life, she feels like 2012 is a new beginning for her art and illustration career. Check back in again to see if she was right! Read Less
  • Watercolor Teacher
    The Creative Center — NY, USA
  • Owner & Designer
    Wavepaint Design Studio — New York, NY, USA
  • Web & Graphic Designer
    FundQuest, Inc. — Boston, MA, USA
  • Web & Graphic Designer
    DreamLight, Inc. — Stoneham, MA, USA
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PAINTINGS AWARDED AND ACCEPTED

Salmagundi Club - "Annabelle" and "Screech Owl" were accepted into the 2012 Annual Juried Graphics Exhibition for Non-Members - August 1-10, 2012, New York, NY
New England Watercolor Society - Juried into the National Show for "The Parade" - April - May 2012, Attleboro Museum, MA
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PAINTINGS AWARDED AND ACCEPTED

Salmagundi Club - "Annabelle" and "Screech Owl" were accepted into the 2012 Annual Juried Graphics Exhibition for Non-Members - August 1-10, 2012, New York, NY
New England Watercolor Society - Juried into the National Show for "The Parade" - April - May 2012, Attleboro Museum, MA
Art Students League of New York - "The Studio" received Honorable Mention in the Student Exhibition (Mary Beth McKenzie's class) at the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery - April 2011
Plein Air Contest and Exhibition - "Hog Island" won Best of Medium in Acrylic - Hosted by the Manchester-by-the-Sea Historical Society’s Trask House, organized by the Granite Shore Gallery, July 1-31, 2010
New England Watercolor Society - Juried into the Regional Show for "Clammer" - Sept. 2009 - Jan. 2010, Duxbury MA
Topsfield Fair - Received 3rd place in the professional category for "The Conversation" - Watercolor - Fall 2009
North Shore Arts Association - Beverly A. DeMont Memorial Award for "Wednesday" - Fall 2008
North Shore Arts Association - Hazel Morey Memorial Award for "Starbucks" - Spring 2008

SOLO ART EXHIBITIONS

May 15 - 29, 2011 - Gordon Grant Room of the North Shore Arts Association - Portraits & Plein Air in Oil
Barbara exhibited a solo show in the Gordon Grant room at The North Shore Arts Association for two weeks in May 2011. Thirty new pieces were painted in New York in the nine months since Barbara moved from the North Shore of Massachusetts to the East Side of Manhattan. Subject matter ranged from portraits to plein air paintings of the city's urban landscape.
2010 - BankGloucester - Portraits in Oil
2009 - Hall Haskell House - The Places We Shop, Ipswich Series
2008 - Hall Haskell House - The Places We Shop, Expanded
2007 - The Pingree School - The Places We Shop
2006 - Zumis Café Read Less
North Shore Arts Association - Since 2007
Served on the jury for member shows in 2010
Solo show in the Gordon Grant room in 2011
Art Students League of New York - Since 2011
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Rejoined in 2011
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