Barbara Groh is a visual artist who has immersed herself in the creative process for over four decades creating highly personal abstract works of art. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums and has appeared in numerous publications and collections. Groh, who holds an MFA from Vermont College of Norwich University, has shared her talents and life experiences through teaching on numerous art faculties, primarily Drawing and Painting. She has moved her primary residence and studio from the countryside in Sweden to her studio in Brooklyn, NY. The many travels between the two continents continue to inform her visual language as her sense of place, space and time are now influenced by a new home and landscape.

Artist Statement
My visual heritage developed from Abstract Expressionism. As I am primarily an abstract painter, I aspire to have my work affect others as I have been, by provoking thought, emotional experiences, moods, and aesthetic pleasure.

Through my act of exploring in the studio, I strive towards transforming a state of mind, infusing living energy, intuition and concrete particulars into a physical reality. I gather internal and external forces around me to evoke images and expressions onto the canvas: forms in nature, movement, private thoughts and emotions. I use my art to define and enlighten my purpose, in honest expression, in sharing and responding to life in all its reality and mystery.

My painting in oil and acrylic is a continuing narrative focusing on a practice of noticing daily phenomena as it encompasses past experience to the most current expression. A painting may reflect a quiet practice of noticing inner space, peace and presence, and another may reflect a desire and will to express freedom and unencumbered thought. Both encompass the moment and the past – a synthesis of physicality, perception, meditation and inner movement. I hope to instill in the viewer a sense of place and personal recognition through universal states of being.

My earth and clay works serve as grounding meditations. The act of digging, grinding, kneading and sanding is an intuitive transmission that comprises the language of abstract art – the state of self-discovery while creating primary expression.

My drawings serve as calligraphic meditations. Creating and shaping line is an intuitive process of centering myself in the moment – and out of this intimate expression comes fundamental questioning and rewarding answers.

I see my process of creating visual statements as a transitional passage - to hold the mystery and life force I seek in my work – mirroring my own transformative process and dedication to the power of art in our daily lives.