Barbi Thomer Niblick

Artist Bio

American artist, Barbi Thomer Niblick, was born in Chestnut Hill, PA, and raised in the small town of Souderton, PA. Growing up, Barbi had no interest in painting, instead, her artistic interests were focused on creative writing, collaging, and occasionally drawing. She graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University with a BS in Business Administration. In 2012, at the age of 35, she relocated to Phoenix, AZ where she studied Digital Media at the University for Advancing Technology. It was here she discovered her passion for painting.

During a lecture discussing controversial art, the professor stated that anytime someone scoffed at abstract art saying it was easy, she asked if it was easy then why weren't they doing it. That challenge stuck with Barbi and inspired her to buy her first set of basic paints and a canvas.

Best known for her use of bright, vibrant colors in her abstract oil paintings, Barbi's inspiration has been the beauty of space dust, galaxies, clouds, and all things ethereal. She has said that these evoke wonder and calmness throughout her being. No specific artist has influenced her style; however, she has stated her favorite well-known artists are Rothko, Van Gogh, and Yves Klein. 

As an emotive painter diagnosed with Bipolar II, Barbi said she often used painting as a physical and emotional release to calm and focus her mind; and she hoped her pieces would calm, nourish, and inspire the souls of others. After she chose her color palette, she allowed the paint to speak for her as she worked the colors onto the canvas. She would often paint with her hands because it acted as a conduit to connect the tactile experience to the emotions she felt.

In 2021 and 2022, Barbi was a featured artist for Camelback Gallery. Fusion Arts Gallery featured her in 2021. She has had several feature articles written about her by Voyage Phoenix, and her work has won several awards:

2021

Fusion Arts 12 Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

Fusion Arts 6th Annual Artist's Choice Competition Finalist Award for "Skittles"

Camelback Gallery Bold Abstracts 2021 Bronze Award for "Skittles"

2020

Fusion Art's 6th Annual Colorful Abstractions: Honorable Mention for "Monsoon Skies," and Finalist Award for "In the Beginning"

2019

Fusion Art's 4th Artist's Choice Competition Finalist Award for "Rising Up"

You can see Barbi’s work on her website, www.artbybarbi.com


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