Barbara Morrison Januszkiewicz Bio

Barbara Morrison Januszkiewicz

Color field painter Barbara Januszkiewicz was mentored by the last living Washington Color School Artist, Paul  Reed. Her work has been exhibited predominantly in the Washington, D.C., area, including the Phillips Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, the Arts Club of Washington, Gallery K, MPA, and The Art League. She was a watercolor instructor and adjunct professor for the Corcoran College of Art and she currently teaches at the Mclean Project for the Arts. Januszkiewicz's studio is in Falls Church, Virginia.
     Januszkiewicz trained formally under Chinese master Mun Quan, a traditional watercolorist, whose influence can be seen in her wet and controlled technique.  Her experiments in stretching the creative boundaries of watercolor led her to make her own paints for greater depth of color and luminosity. When she was introduced to Paul Reed she began experimenting with staining with acrylics.
Philosophically, Januszkiewicz values risk taking, experimentation, and creative collaboration. What distinguishes Januskiewicz's success is her many years as a watercolorist, painting in a wet technique. This skill she now brings into applying staining on unprimed canvas.
Her latest work of watercolor-like acrylics on unprimed canvas demonstrates her ability to paint in a large format and still effortlessly produce zen-like brush strokes across her canvas. Januszkiewicz strives for stylistic independence, blurring the line between drawing and painting. The excitement and unexpected risks are what attract her to avant-garde approaches to art and encourage her to explore experimental techniques and interpret material in ever-changing ways.