A self-taught artist, Francine Barbet started painting at an early age. She had her first show when she was twelve years old, but started seriously painting after a near death experience caused by a car accident. Her paintings portray the beauty of children, the Rain Forest, poetic landscapes and animals in their natural habitat. Her purpose is to bring understanding, the Love of God, of our fellow men and respect for our planet through art. It is also to create a new image of man commensurate with our capabilities to shape the future. Her magnificent talents to produce canvases bring the literal world of nature into a level of dream-like beauty. Ms. Barbet is the synthesis of an art historian and painter, with a touch of the worshipful naturalist thrown into the mixture. She truly labors over her work, and strives for stunning craftsmanship with glazing techniques and luminist architecture.
Francine Barbet resided in Virginia Beach for a few years as a local artist and public speaker. She is known in Virginia Beach as the “Angel Lady” for her numerous angel paintings. Her angel art has been displayed at the Association for Research and Enlightenment, the Norfolk Children's Hospital, and designed window displays for many local stores. She is also a wildlife artist, and paints children's portraits. Ms. Barbet accepts commissions for customized art and paintings with a detailed description of what is wanted with clients’ specifications incorporated into her creations.
Of her work, Francine Barbet says her main goal is to make people aware of the beauty of the creatures of the world. Her angel painting titled “Thy Kingdom Come” (one of seven paintings from The Lord's Prayer Series) was chosen in 1995 by the United Way of South Hampton Roads for the design of their logo. It was selected due to her exquisite angel artwork for their 1995 fundraiser “Angels Among Us.” In her paintings she strives for a profound sense of mystery and wonderment at the power of being.
Collectors from the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe have purchased her paintings and prints. In 1993 and 1994, her reproductions of “CHILD OF THE RAIN FOREST” were acquired by former Vice President Al Gore and Rock Star/Legendary Recording Artist Sting.
She has received numerous awards including the LATHAM CERTFICATE OF MERIT for CARE INTERNATIONAL for four consecutive years. This award was bestowed to her in recognition of her excellent work in The Latham Foundation International Poster Contest. She also received The EDGAR AWARD in 1994 as an illustrator for an international magazine, Venture Inward Magazine. The EDGAR AWARD was presented to Francine Barbet in recognition of her “Manifesting the Love of God and Man by Constantly Creative Contributions to Venture Inward.”
Francine Barbet has completed sixteen illustrations for a children's book and eight book covers for Hampton Road Publishing, the largest publisher in Virginia. A book illustrated by Ms. Barbet is an art exhibit in itself. Not only will young readers be exposed to fine art, but they will also be exposed to many of the author's insights on art and the natural world.
Ms. Barbet participated in an artist workshop to Tikal, Guatemala in 1996 with world famous wildlife artist Seerey Lester. She studied and painted wildlife animals in their natural habitats while living among local tribesman.
Her painting “Amazon Children” was chosen by the ENDANGERED SPECIES MEDIA PROJECT to tour the United States for the 25th Anniversary of “Earth Day.” The “Amazon Children” toured with thirteen other artists chosen around the world. Her work has been used by several environmental groups.
Born in Paris, Francine Barbet moved to New York City as a commercial artist in 1958. She worked for the New York Times Magazine, JP Stevens, Greeting Cards Company and Lowenstein Company where she had her own children's design line. She worked as a textile designer and faux finished artist which includes marbleizing, wood graining and Chinese lacquer. She painted furniture for one of the top decorators in New York City; three of her pieces are in the Waldorf Astoria. She has also been contacted by the FRANKLIN MINT and the DANBURY MINT of England for possible reproduction of some of her paintings on plates.
Francine Barbet moved to The Catskills eight years ago to pursue a more relaxed lifestyle and exhibits throughout. She exhibited in The Hudson River Wildlife Festival in 1996 as an invited artist in recognition for her standing in the World of Wildlife Art. She has also created illustrations for The Catskill Mountain Foundation.
Her widespread exhibitions include THE HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, THE SCRIPPS INSTITUTION MUSEUM in La Jolla CA, THE SACRAMENTO FINE ARTS CENTER, The DETROIT ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN ART GALLERY and ART UPSTAIRS GALLERY: Phoenicia, New York.
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She is a member of THE SOCIETY OF FANTASY ARTISTS, THE CATSKILL ART ASSOCIATION, THE WINDHAM ART ASSOCIATION and THE ART-EXCHANGE.
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