Yarboro Barnette Winkle

Before I retired from teaching art a few years ago, I began to paint again. There was never enough time, so I decided to take the time for me. It was a great decision. Currently my two favorite painting media include oil and acrylic, although I do experiment with pastels and batik. The act of creating art captures my heart in a way nothing else can; I try to put this emotional charge into every work of art I produce.

My art is my voice, I want it to speak of a close connectivity to the subject matter I have chosen, whether it is of local southern architecture, people in ordinary activities, still life arrangements or a simple vase of flowers. Even by nature, I’ve always been in a constant state of observation whether I’m observing people, nature, other artwork, or ways to improve my work or compositions. I find myself observing the way light constantly changes or reflects off an object and reveals its form or creates entirely new hues, these things intrigue and fascinate me; for this and so many other possibilities, I will always be a lifelong learner, imagining, transforming, and creating.

“The act of creating art captures my heart in a way nothing else can.”