Barbara received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from East Carolina University. Her professional career began as a Graphic Designer at World Headquarters for RJR Nabisco, where she created print media for international promotions. It was there, she and new husband Robert...decided to go coastal!
Relocating to Hawaii, Barbara began designing for Aloha and RSVP magazines in Honolulu and freelancing for various advertising agencies. While diving the reefs in Kaneohe Bay where they lived, she was nominated for Hawaii’s coveted “Pele Award” for excellence in publication design.
After moving to the Florida Keys and up the coastline, Barbara’s dynamic watercolor, “Jazz”, was selected for the Florida Watercolor Society’s Annual Show. She also created the winning designs for Mount Dora’s 20th Annual Arts Festival and 20th Annual Bicycle Festival Posters. Inspired by living next to Honeymoon Island State Park, Barbara’s coastal watercolors flourished!
As an award winning artist, she has participated in numerous juried shows and competitions. Her lighthearted vibrant watercolors reflect the pleasures of living on the coast and have been exhibited in galleries throughout Florida and North Carolina.
Combining her fine art and design expertise, Barbara creates commissioned watercolors for new product lines from Downeast Concepts and Cape Shore in addition to having created over sixty five original artworks for Idea Art! Last year she finished designing a new, sixteen product, giftware collection for Cape Shore. Her “Sea Turtle Reef” collection is featured in their 2009/2010 catalogs and for Christmas, created six tree ornaments which include humorous flamingos, dolphins, fish...and of course...a sea turtle. Look this year for her new Cape Shore line...“Ocean’s Bounty”... Fourteen giftware products featuring a colorful, shore side shell collection! Over one hundred of Barbara’s artworks are now available as digital images available for licensing.
Barbara and Robert reside in Carolina Beach, where one of her watercolors, “Park N Lights” was selected for Pleasure Island’s Annual “Island of Lights” 2006 Christmas Card. In addition to contributing her artwork to events for the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project... Last summer, Barbara celebrated her “Sun & Sea Watercolors Exhibition” that was on display in the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher!
Barbara’s original watercolors and prints are available through her website, BarbaraBayer.com.