Barbara Shapiro
Artist Statement
I am most interested in creating works through the process of layering materials which I do on a polyester film commonly known as Mylar or Dura Lar. I exploit its unique characteristics that allow for greater manipulation and the layering of materials without obliterating the surface beneath.
In painting I can create effects like water color or layering it up with acrylic paint, or use India ink, watercolor pencils, oil pastels, and pasted papers.  Most of these works are abstracts.
I am a non-toxic printmaker who travels between pronto plate lithography, monotypes and monoprints, carborundum prints and drypoints. I also use this material for making my prints.
My representational works are both portraits and figure studies that are done on both paper and film with acrylic paint, soft pastels, oil pastels, watercolor pencils and charcoal.