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Barbara Benedetti Newton


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About the Artist

Barbara Benedetti Newton attended public school in Auburn, cosmetology school in Renton, and Burnley School of Professional Art (later renamed Art Institute of Seattle) where she studied with William Cumming among others. In 1965, Newton began her professional art career as a fashion illustrator for a major Seattle department store. Married the same year to artist William Iles, they relocated to San Francisco where she continued to work as a freelance fashion illustrator. After returning to the Seattle area, they purchased a filbert farm with 1902 farmhouse on Vashon Island, WA. For Barbara, a 20-year hiatus from art followed. 

In 1990, following several life-changing events and with the support of her second and final husband, Jay Newton, Barbara left K2 after 16 years to return to art full time. The humble colored pencil became her path back and also her introduction to color. Working exclusively in colored pencil for more than a dozen years, Barbara became one of the masters of the medium and co-authored Colored Pencil Solution Book, published in 2000. A valued instructor at Frye Art Museum in Seattle and at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon, Barbara retired from most teaching in 2006. Her work has been included in American Artist, International Artist, The Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine, as well as numerous other publications. In 2002 Barbara began exploring other mediums and for the next decade soft pastel became her primary focus. With a change of medium, Barbara also departed from her trademark light-filled still life subjects to impressionistic landscape scenes. In 2013 Newton authored the book Art Answers: Pastel Drawing.

2015 was a year of change. A home and studio relocation to Black Diamond, WA, the ancestral town of Barbara's father and the Benedetti family. With the move came bittersweet decisions to create a more balanced life. Barbara reduced the number of her brick-and-mortar galleries as well as her entry into competitive shows. She began painting local scenes with local painters and generally cutting back on time spent away from home. In 2016, Barbara created new paintings for two US art print publishers. She has been with Daily Paintworks, showing and selling work online since 2011. Her work is in collections worldwide.

In 2016, ten years after Barbara retired from teaching she was pleased to instruct a workshop for the Northwest Pastel Society in conjunction with judging their annual Members Show. In 2019 she again came out of retirement to judge and instruct for Pastel Society of Oregon. She has been an active mentor to local artists as well as maintaining an extensive blog at https://bbnewtonartjournal.blogspot.com

2020 Update from the artist: The year of the COVID-19 pandemic coincided with the year I previously set-aside to focus on my own artistic growth. The challenges of self-distancing and isolation may be seen as opportunities for artists who have had to juggle studio time with time spent on volunteer work. I am happy to stay home and paint!




Affiliations: Barbara is a Charter Member, Signature Member, past President and 10 Year Merit Member of Colored Pencil Society of America; a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the West CoastPastel Society of America and Puget Sound Group Northwest Artists. Barbara is a 2013 International Association of Pastel Artists Master Circle Honoree (IAPS) and received Distinguished Pastelist designation in the Northwest Pastel Society in 2015. She is a Life Member Honoree of Women Painters of Washington represented by The Attic Gallery, Camas, WA, The American Art Company, Tacoma, WA, and Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes.


"The [pastel and oil] landscapes by Barbara Benedetti Newton are suffused with gossamer colors....In these paintings she plays with the paint, sometimes feathering it out, at other times carefully defining each element of the landscape. Look for the bursts of color in many of the paintings, bursts like subtle fireworks that are powerfully effective."
Review 3/21/14, The Seattle Times, Nancy Worssam

These fine art galleries carry my work:
Attic Gallery (Camas, WA), American Art Company (Tacoma, WA), Scott Milo Gallery (Anacortes, WA)


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