Barbara Duryea is a Pacific Northwest native and has lived in the Puget Sound area all her life. Drawn to art at an early age, she chose to study drawing and design at college and in college extension classes. Barbara fell in love with impressionism after seeing Julann Campbell's paintings at an art show, and now considers herself fortunate to count Julann a friend as well as a teacher. I love the self-expression and the journey of self-discovery. There will always be something new to see and a new way of looking at a still life or landscape, the shadow areas, the light areas: to be able to hold to the first impression that attracted me to paint that particular subject. As I paint more " I hope to concentrate on creating a strong design with bold values and large shapes." Barbara has exhibited her work in many Art Walks on Bainbridge Island and in Bremerton area, as well as hanging her art in area art galleries. She has painted murals in homes, business and in her local home church. " My reasons for painting are difficult even impossible to explain, I just like to paint, I have to paint."