Barbara Steinberg is a painter in the traditional meaning of the word believing that the act of painting in oils is as relevant to us now as it was in the past. As you can see her work is abstract, primarily concerned with colour and form, a total abstraction, a process that takes many years of craftsmanship and mastering technique.
I always think it takes maturity to achieve a balance on the canvas – between the emotional spontaneity of applying paint and colour on the one hand and the need to be rational and hold back on the other. Steinberg manages to achieve this balance in her work and the result is magical.
From her website she has this to say about her work:
The paintings speak to us of dreams, legends, and myths, of wild woods and pagan groves. They do not simply depict figures or places; rather, with the abstract, Steinberg is able to distil the energy of these primal myths into fresh forms. One might even say that nature itself is distilled in these works.
The pattern of nature and the seasons dictates Steinberg’s working practice: the cycle of the year is written into her paintings, and underpins the integrity of her abstract forms and vistas. She uses the winter months when it is colder and darker just to draw, to explore ideas. Her painting is begun each year only once the season changes in early spring, and there is enough sun to light the canvas.