Barbara Shapiro
Artist Statement
I am an intuitive artist and cook.  When I look at the list of my supplies I approach them as if I were experimenting with a recipe. It is the mix and layering of flavors in art that intrigues me. 
My basic “ingredient” for painting is Mylar and for my drawings and printmaking can be either paper or Mylar.
Then the “layering process” begins by selecting from among these:
  • India ink
  • Acrylic paint
  • Oil pastels
  • Soft Pastels
  • Pastel pencils
  • Charcoal
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Watercolor crayons
  • Pasted paper
  • Etching Ink
  • Printmaking papers
  • Foil
  • Carborundum
Because I am working on mostly on Mylar I am able to manipulate layers without obliterating the ones underneath unless I choose to do so. I can add or subtract as needed which produces rich and mysterious results.