Barbara Swanson is a Member of Merit in the Idaho Watercolor Society. Since 1994, 19 of her paintings have been included in the Idaho Watercolor Society’s Annual Juried Exhibitions, winning various awards.

Her colorful, representational paintings are crisp and fresh, emphasizing careful design. She continually experiments with various color combinations, mixing colors on paper and palette, often layering transparent washes. Her current projects are inspired by her travels to Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Barbara’s “Asian Series I” -- inspired by travel to Japan -- is available through the Gate City Fine Arts Gallery in Old Town Pocatello. “Asian Series II” is in progress.


Cherry Blossoms at the Gate                                                Fortunes                                           
Ink and Watercolor                                                                                                        Ink and Watercolor
7.5 x 6.5 unframed; 13.5 x 12.5 framed                                                           7.5 x 7.5 unframed; 13.5 x 13.5 framed


The Poet                                                                                      Red Banners
Watercolor                                                                                                                               Watercolor
8 x 8 unframed; 14 x 14 framed                                                                                7.5 x 8 unframed; 13.5 x 14 framed


Red Umbrella                                                                          Three Stone Lanterns
Ink and Watercolor                                                                                                       Watercolor and Gold Leaf
8.5 x 7.5 unframed; 14.5 x 13.5 framed                                                          8.5 x 8.5 unframed; 14 x 14 framed


Fan Blossoms and Bamboo                                                 Thai Boatman
Watercolor                                                                                                                         Thai Boatman won a major award in the 2010 Idaho Watercolor Society's
12 x 10 unframed; 17 x 15.5 framed                                                                Annual Juried Exhibition. It is included in the IWS Traveling show                                                                                                                                                       comprised of the top twenty paintings from the exhibition, which will be                                                                                                                                                     shown at the Pocatello Art Center the month of October.