Barbara Rockhold resides in El Cerrito, CA. She grew up in a small town in the midwest. Her grandmother was a locally well-known Texas painter and Barbara painted her first painting at the age of six while visiting her grandmother. Since then, she has been involved in a constant stream of creative pursuits.
Her educational background is in the fields of art and psychology, and she loves to combine these two interests in her work. Barbara has been co-owner of a graphic design business, a graphics instructor and designer at Contra Costa College and an ad designer at The Daily Californian, as well as conducting art therapy groups at two locked psychiatric facilities. She believes in the value of art as a spiritual healing process and is inspired by artists who have shared their souls with us through their art, such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe and Surrealist artist Magritte.
Working mostly in the medium of acrylics, Barbara has also worked in watercolors, oils, and mixed media. She has shown in numerous galleries in the bay area and was pleased to be juried into an exhibit of the Santa Fe Alchemical Society Art Salon in 2010. She regularly exhibits in the Alameda Art Gallery and has served in a variety of positions in the El Cerrito Art Association, is an active member of the Alameda Art Gallery and is Chair of a weekly speaker series at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley.
Barbara finds the Southwest to be a very spiritual place and she collects Native American art and loves to paint Southwest scenes, as well as psychological/symbolic art. She hopes to convey the sense of mystery and awe in the world around us. She values an understanding of the nature of paradox, and as such, finds no conflict in alternating the styles of Realism and Surrealism.