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Barbara Benedetti Newton


Welcome to my Daily Paintworks Gallery where my unframed paintings are available at special pricing. Thanks to all who have given my paintings loving homes!

About the Artist

I attended public school in Auburn, cosmetology school in Renton, and Burnley School of Professional Art (later renamed Art Institute of Seattle) where I studied with William Cumming among others. In 1965, I began my professional art career as a fashion illustrator for a major Seattle department store. I was married the same year to artist Charles William Iles, Jr. and we relocated to San Francisco where I continued to work as a freelance fashion illustrator. After returning to the Seattle area, Bill and I purchased a filbert farm with 1902 farmhouse on Vashon Island, WA. A 20-year hiatus from art followed as I took a job at K2 Skis on Vashon. 

In 1990, following several life-changing events and with the support of my second and final husband, Jay Newton, I left K2 after 16 years to return to art full time. The humble colored pencil was my path back and also my introduction to color. I worked exclusively in colored pencil for more than a dozen years and was honored to be considered one of the masters of the medium. I co-authored Colored Pencil Solution Book, published in 2000. During this time I was  an instructor at Frye Art Museum in Seattle and at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon. The first time I retired from most teaching was 2006. 

In 2002 I began exploring other mediums and for the next decade soft pastel became my primary focus. With a change of medium, I also departed from my trademark light-filled still life subjects to impressionistic landscape scenes. In 2013 I authored the book Art Answers: Pastel Drawing.

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

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

My work has been included in American Artist, International Artist, The Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine, as well as numerous other publications. 

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.

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