Barbara Krans Jenkins: Biography and Artist's Statement

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Akron, Ohio artist, Barbara Krans Jenkins graduated from Kent State University, 1965 (B.A. Science in Education, Art, K-12). After teaching two years and while raising a family of 4 children, she free-lanced from her home doing calendars, logos, magazine illustrations, pet and home portrait commissions and art shows.

Barbara enjoys working on location, whether it is doing a delicate botanical study or a more elaborate painting, selecting forest floor microcosms from the abundant flora and fauna around her. It is always important to her to capture the delicate ecological balance of her subjects in their environment. She finds her subject matter from her beloved Cuyahoga Valley National Park near home, west, to the Mendocino headlands of Northern California, and east, to the Maine northern coastal waters off Acadia National Park.

Although Barbara works in oil, pastels and watercolor on occasion, she prefers the control, blending quality and convenience of colored pencil (watercolor-based, oil-based and/or wax based) pigments, often over fine ink contour lines on a hot press (but lightly toothed), archival, heavy watercolor or Bristol paper. Favorite surfaces are Strathmore 4 ply Illustration Board, Crescent #115 board (with 100% rag, acid free, hot press Strathmore watercolor paper surface), or heavy paper such as Fabriano Uno, among others. Next, as she applies pigments, using alternate layering and burnishing techniques. Some say that as she applies her pigments, her subjects appear to spring to life, right off the surface of the paper!

Jenkins has taught art in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Akron.  In recent years she's become an increasingly sought after instructor of workshops on a variety of Colored Pencil and mixed media techniques. She's taught so far in Texas, California, Wyoming, Colorado, Illinois,  Michigan, Maine, Ohio, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She is hoping to increase her travels! She has also increased in demand as a speaker to art organizations wherever she goes to share her art experiences.

Currently, her work is represented locally, by The Hudson Fine Art & Framing Co., in the Historic, Western Reserve town of Hudson, Ohio. In the nearby Historic Western Reserve Village of Peninsula, located in the heart of Northeastern Ohio's beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park, her work is repesented in The Log Cabin Gallery.   Her printed works are represented by The Gallery of Framing, in Fairlawn, Ohio. On the West Coast, in Northern California's coastal town of Fort Bragg just north of Mendocino, The Lynn Prentiss Gallery represents Barbara's work. 

Barbara is affiliated with several art groups, among them, the Colored Pencil Society of America; CPSA DC 210 in San Francisco, CPSA DC 103 in Chicago, California; CPSA DC 104 in Detroit, Akron Society of Artists (ASA, Signature member, '94-'96 Secretary), Akron, Ohio; and Scripts and Scribes (Secretary, 2000), a calligraphy group in Akron, Ohio. She is also Director of the Art Gallery of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio.

Barbara finds her art to be a renewing, healing process. As she works, she is transported to a quiet place with God. Time vanishes as she works, pondering in awe, the marvelous works of the Master Creator. She says, "I hope my work imparts my love, passion, and reverent appreciation of our land and its Maker."

Publications:

2005

Book: The Ultimate Guide to Painting From Photographs, North Light Publications

2002 Book: Colored Pencil Explorations, by Janie Gildow , North Light Publishers
2001 Book: Artist's Photo Reference, BUILDINGS and BARNS, (chapter artist) by G. Greene , North Light Publishers
1998 Book: Artist's Photo Reference, FLOWERS (Front cover, chapter artist), by Gary Greene, North Light Publishers
1997 Book: The Best of Flower Painting, (cover flap, American jacket; Back cover, European), North Light Publishers
1996 Book: Creative Colored Pencil Landscapes, by Vera Curnow, Rockport Publishers
1995 Book: Creative Colored Pencil, A Step-By-Step-Guide,by Vera Curnow, Rockport Publishers
1981 Cover Design: Friends Magazine, D.C.Cook Publishing Co., Chicago, IL
1977,'76 Calendars: Great Northern Bank, Copley, OH
1976-79 Western Reserve Magazine, Garretsville, OH
1966 Book: Introduction to Figure Drawing, by Philip Wigg, Wm. C. Brown Co. Inc. Pub.

You are welcome to contact her at barbara@bkjstudio.com