Barbara's Bio

Barbara Stanton is a native Californian and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area all her life. Specializing in miniature oil paintings and portraits (miniature and full size) her charming landscapes, still lifes and portraits are done in a very traditional, realist style. Her superb use of color and light make each piece glow. The precisely detailed compositions, some no larger than a postage stamp, call out to the viewer to step nearer and explore them more closely, to feel the moment.

 

Barbara's work has found it's way into collections around the world. Miniature collectors are her biggest fans because she paints in the popular dollhouse scale 1/12 (one inch equals a foot) and they fit just right in their fine miniature collections.

 

Painting for more than thirty five years now, Barbara has mastered her technique and continues to seek new challenges. She is an IGMA Fellow (International Guild of Miniature Artisans). She is also an art instructor and is available for demonstrations and workshops. She has taught twice at the annual IGMA Guild School in Castine, Maine (2001 & 2003). Barbara is very active in her local art community. She runs a Figure Drawing workshop and teaches art classes every Fri. at Livermore's Bothwell Art Center. Member of MAA, IGMA, MASF, MPSGS, Miniature Cider Painters of America and the Hilliard Society. 

Awards (selected): 

2019-  2nd Place, Exterior or Architectural Category, MASF (Miniature Art Society of Florida), International Show, Tarpon Springs, FL

2018-  HM, MASF (Miniature Art Society of Florida), International Show, Dunedin, Fl. 

            Best of Class for Computer generated art:  Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, Ca.

            Best Entree depicting the Human Form, Cider Painters of America, International Miniature Fine Art Show, Kingston, PA

2017-  1st Place Oil Category, Fells Point Gallery, Baltimore, Md.

           2nd Place MASF (Miniature Art Society of Florida), International Show, Tarpon Springs, Fl.

           Best of Show, The Essential Nude, LAA, Livermore, Ca.

           Silver Award : Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, Ca.

2016- Best of Show, Sierra Artists Gallery, Mariposa, Ca. 

            1st Place Oil Category, Fells Point Gallery, Baltimore, Md.

2015- 1st Place Oil & 1st Place Pastels, LAA Spring Art Show, Livermore, Ca.

2014- Merit Award, The Essential Nude, LAA, Livermore, Ca.

2013- 2 Silver Awards at the Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, Ca. 

1st Place Landscape Category, MASF (Miniature Art Society of Florida), International Show, Clearwater, Fl. 

2012- 1st Place Botanical/Floral Category, MASF (Miniature Art Society of Florida, International Show, Dunedin, Fl. 

Merit Award, The Essential Nude, LAA, Livermore, Ca. 

HM, Council for the Arts 28th Annual Miniature Art Exhibit, Chambersburg, PA 

2011- 1st Place Oil, Artistic Designs Gallery IN. 

HM, at the MPSGS (Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society), International Show, International Show, Wash. DC 

HM, at the Firehouse Arts Center PAL Members Exhibit, Pleasanton, Ca. 

1st Place: Landscape, 2nd Place Portrait, Sierra Artists Gallery, Mariposa, Ca. 

Special Award City of Livermore, 2nd Place Oil, LAA Spring Art Festival, Livermore, Ca. 

HM, MASF (Miniature Art Society of Florida), International Show, Clearwater, Fl. 

Purchase Award, HM, Prairie Winds Art Center 12th Annual Miniature Show, Grand Island, NE 

2010- 3rd Place MASF (Miniature Art Society of Florida), International Show, Tarpon Springs, Fl. 

HM, MPSGS (Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.) International Show 

Hm, Council for the Arts of Chambersburg, PA. 

HM, The Essential Nude, LAA, Livermore, Ca. 

1st Place, Oil, El Dorado Gallery Miniature show, Colorado Springs, Co. 

Silver Award, Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, Ca. 

2009- 2nd Runner Up, Custer County, Little Picture Show, Miles City, Mt. 

HM, MPSGS (Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.) International Show. 

Silver Award at the Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, Ca. 

HM, Sierra Artists Gallery, Mariposa, Ca. 

Merit Award, El Dorado Gallery Miniature show, Colorado Springs, Co. 

2008- 2nd Place Landscape, MASF (Miniature Art Society of Florida), International Show. 

Best of Show, Sierra Artists Gallery, Mariposa Ca. 

HM, LAA Spring Art Festival, Livermore, Ca. 

2007- Best of Show, LAA US Bank Show, Livermore, Ca. HM, LAA Spring Art Festival, Livermore, Ca. 

IGMA Study Award, Etching 

2006- Best of Show, 1st Place Portrait & 2nd Place Seascape, Sierra Artists Gallery, Mariposa Ca. 

HM, LAA Spring Art Festival, Livermore, Ca. 

2004- HM, MASF (Miniature Art Society of Florida), International Show, Tarpon Springs, Fl. 

2nd Place Figure/Portrait, Sierra Artists Gallery, Mariposa Ca. HM, LAA Spring Art Festival, Livermore, Ca. 

2003- 1st Place Portrait, 3rd Place Seascape, 3rd Place Landscape, Sierra Artists Gallery, Mariposa Ca. 

HM, LAA Spring Art Festival, Livermore, Ca. 

2002- Two HM's at the Sierra Artists Gallery, Mariposa Ca. 

2001- Silver Award and HM, Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, Ca. 

Two 1st places and Peoples Choice, Sierra Artists Gallery, Mariposa Ca. 

1999- Fair Board Purchase Award at the Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, Ca. 

1998- Artist of the Month for July/August, LAA Gallery, Livermore, Ca. 

Merit Award in the LAA Spring Art Festival, Livermore, Ca. 

1997- Artist of the Month for Nov., Dollhouse Central Website 

Silver Award at the Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, Ca. 

HM, Pleasanton Art League Heritage Days Show, Pleasanton, Ca. 

1996- Most Popular Painting in the LAA Spring Art Festival, Livermore, Ca. 

1995- Merit Award in the LAA Spring Art Festival, Livermore, Ca. 

1994- 1st Place & HM, San Mateo Cnty. Fair, Miniature Div., San Mateo Ca. 

1993- 2nd Place, Postage Stamp Size Mini Art Show, La Petite Gallery, Montana. 

1990- 1st Place, 8th Annual National Miniature Art Show at the Art Center of the Grand Prairie, Stutgart, Arkansas. 

2nd Place in the New Mexico Miniature Arts Society, National Art Show, Roswell, New Mexico. 

1989- 3rd Place in the 15th Annual National Miniature Art Show, the Gallery La Luz, La Luz New Mexico. 

1988- Merit Award at the Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, Ca. 

Publications & More (selected): 

2016- Colour in Your Life with Graeme Stevenson, Featured Artist on Youtube Video

2014- Pioneer Founders of Pleasanton Mural, Main St., City of Pleasanton, Ca.

2012- The Fascinating Female Figure, Life Drawings in Pastel, Soft Cover Book. 

2011- Instructional DVD "How to paint Miniature Oil Paintings: Spotted Huntress" 

2009- Instructional DVD "How to paint Miniature Oil Paintings: Moss Brea Falls" 

Featured Artist in the magazine "Dollshouse Miniatures" (July/August Issue) 

2006- CD cover & logo- illustration, photography & graphic design- Trespassing Through Time by Trusting Calliope. 

Tri-Valley Artist Guild 2006 Calendar, Jan. 

2004- Book cover illustration for "Triumph of Teams" Written by Rick Griggs, published by Tantalus Books 

1999- Featured Artist in the magazine "Dolls & Miniatures" (Fall Issue) 

1999- Book cover illustration for "Bridges to Balance" Written by Rick Griggs, published by Tantalus Books 

Invitational Exhibits (selected): 

2017- Snowgoose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA 

2012- May- The Art of the Miniature: The 20th Annual Exhibition, Snowgoose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA 

2011- July- "Sudden Voices", Mendocino, CA. 

July- Master's of Miniatures , Gallery Tour 

2010- July- "Sudden Voices", Mendocino, CA. 2009- June- "The Glue Factory Presents:", Brentwood, CA. 

2008- Feb. Group 95 show- Adobe Art Gallery, Castro Valley, CA. 

March - Thompson Gallery- Final Closing Show, Livermore, CA 

April - "Unusual Connections" Hayward Arts Council, Hayward City Hall, Hayward, Ca. 

Sept. - "Small is Beautiful" Half Press Etching show, Baker University Gallery, Ks. - 

Sept. - Museum of Miniatures Exhibition, Carmel, In. 

Nov. - Francesca Anderson Gallery, 24th Annual "Almost Miniatures" Show. Lexington, Maine 

Nov. - MASF Award Winners Show, Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, Fl. 

Nov. - "Small Works", Art Life Society Gallery, Fairfield, Al. 

2007- Dec. - Thompson Gallery- Figurative Show, Livermore, CA 

2004- June - 3rd Worldwide Exhibition of Fine Arts in Miniature, Washington DC. 

Sept - 100 Nudes, Art of Presentation, Pleasanton, CA. 

Jan. - "Elements of Style" Tee Ridder Miniatures Museum, Rosllyn Harbor, NY 

2002- Aug. - New Works- Main Street Art Gallery, Pleasanton Ca. 

2001- Nov. - Thompson Gallery- California Landscape, Livermore, CA 

July-Aug- "Small Packages", Adobe Gallery, Castro Valley, Ca. 

July-Aug- "Scapes, Land & Sea", Hayward Arts Council, Hayward City Hall, Hayward, Ca. 

2000- Oct. -"California Impressions", Main St. Art Gallery- Pleasanton, Ca. 

April. - C&J Gallery- Miniature Art Show, Chicago, Il. 

1999- April. - C&J Gallery- Miniature Art Show, Chicago, Il. 

1997- Nov. - Group95 Show- Main Street Art Gallery, Pleasanton Ca. 

July-Aug Group95 Show, Adobe Gallery, Castro Valley, Ca. 

May -June Group95 Show- Post Post Realism, Gallery Concord, Concord, Ca. 

1996- May - Group95 Show- Creative Art & Frame, Danville Ca. 

June- California Landscapes, Group Show, Thompson Gallery, Livermore Ca. 

1995- Dec. - Group95 Premier Show- Main Street Art Gallery, Pleasanton Ca. 

1993- May - Village Theater Gallery, Danville, Ca. -Special Guest During Miniature Watercolor Show 

March - Featured Artist for Sunday Afternoon Arts Series for Newark Arts Council & LOV, Newark, Ca. 

1991- March- Featured Artist at the Art Center of the Grand Prairie, Stutgart, Arkansas 

1990- Dec.- Featured Artist at the Barlett Gallery in Pleasanton Ca. 

Education (selected): 

Ongoing Weekly Figure Drawing Workshop 

2005- IGMA School, Castine, Maine 

1997- Portrait Painting Workshop with Daniel Green, Hayward, CA. 

1990-91- Las Positas College, Livermore, Ca. Computer Graphics, Drafting , Technical Illustration & Graphic Design 

1981- San Francisco Art Academy, S.F. Ca., Summer Scholarship. Drawing, color theory, & design 

1978-80 - Chabot College, Valley Campus, Livermore, Ca. Art in General 

Personal:

Happily married to William Maranville, Engineering Technical Associate for LLN and talented miniature turner.

Mother of two boys, Russell & Clayton Anderson. Grandmother to the sweetest little boy George!