The subject matter of Barbara Timberman's paintings developed from an early interest in botany and a later interest in gardening. The close observation of plant structure and form is always the starting point for her drawings although she frequently partners the plant subjects with complex and beautiful man-made objects. Timberman's paintings rely on the relationships between colors. She begins building her compositions with the initial color of her subject and works to create a color chord that ties the work together. Barbara Timberman finds that watercolor allows her to layer and intensify color while enjoying the interplay between splashy spontaneity and tight control. Time is an element in the slow pleasure of working out these complex visual puzzles.
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