Drawing has been one of my joys since childhood. As a life-long student, I continue to develop my skills and find great satisfaction and enjoyment from painting. I have discovered the challenges of “ en plein air” painting and find it is a process I most enjoy. Capturing a relatively “short moment in time” is a challenging endeavor. As clouds pass overhead, shadows shift, colors change and nature evolves, being able to represent that moment is exhilarating. As a lover of the outdoors, I find the experience of translating my view of nature to canvas captivates me and transports me to a place of peace, contentment, and oneness with nature that is a marvel to savor.
Local artist, Barbara Stepura was born and raised in Washington, DC, and has lived in Southern Maryland for much of her adult life. A talented painter, Barbara is equally accomplished in both oils and watercolors. She has taken classes at the College of Southern Maryland and workshops with many prominent artists including Sara Linda Poly, Jill Carver, Larry Chappalear and Gwen Bragg. In addition to solo exhibits, invitational exhibits, innumerable juried shows, and many plein air events, her work has been displayed in several galleries including; The Art League in Alexandria, VA, Capitol Hill Art League and Hill Center in Washington, DC, River Gallery in Galesville, MD, Mattawoman Creek Art Center in Marbury, MD, and Charles Regional Medical Center in LaPlata, MD. Barbara has been a Gallery 75 member at The Art League since 2007, is active with the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters’ Association, and MCAC Artists’ Advisory Committee. She has received numerous awards for her beautiful and compelling paintings.