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About Barbara Nuss

Barbara Nuss, a nationally recognized oil painter of landscapes and still lifes, is known for interpreting the light whether on a peony or the nearby rolling hills, picturesque creeks, and historic towns.

She began her art career as an illustrator, immediately after graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Her journey included studying at the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, and she began painting full time about thirty-five years ago. Many of her paintings were exhibited into the prestigious National Arts for the Parks; she won Best Landscape Award, Best of America Exhibition, NOAPS (National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society); and currently is exhibiting with the International Guild of Realism Salon Show in Scottsdale, AZ.

She has participated in many plein air competitions including Paint Easton, Paint Annapolis (Award of Excellence), Wayne Plein Air (Juror’s award), Mountain Maryland Plein Air, Easels of Frederick and won Best in Show at Paint It! Ellicott City. Her book Secrets to Composition published in 2012 by North Light Books is a reprint from her original book published in 2004, 14 Formulas for Painting Fabulous Landscapes.

She is a member of the Salmagundi Club New York; National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society; Oil Painters of America; International Guild of Realism; the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association; American Women Artists; Women Artists of the West; and as president of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters for 10 years, she was instrumental in the Society embracing the 21st century.



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