We had the good fortune of connecting with Barbara Haviland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Barbara, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
When I am teaching students how to paint is so much fun and frustrating at the same time. You can see how happy it makes them when they look at their painting. You can tell if they love or hate what they are doing. It is gratifying to see this. It makes me proud.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been selling my art since 1999 until present. I think my favorite subject would be the Bayous of Louisiana. I absolutely love when someone falls in love with one of my pieces of art. It gives you such gratification that you can’t describe. They see why you painted what you painted and understand how much love you put into the creation. My love is teaching right now. I have children that are learning and soaking up the information like sponges. You can see it in their eyes, it is very rewarding to me. It has not been an easy road for me as my family thought it was a hobby. To me it was not a hobby, it is who I am. I have to paint and create. I fills my being. I can’t explain why but I must paint. Since my children are grown my daughters understand how much painting is part of who I am. I am very thankful for that. I guess I want the world to know that my art is an extension of me. I paint all subjects. I was told years ago to research what you are painting and do your very best to get the subject portrayed so that clients will see what you intended. I have tried my best to do that. I start my day reading the Bible and paint small daily pieces and find that if I don’t do that I am lost for the day. Thank goodness that my husband Sam likes to sleep late and I have my quite time. He is a gem because he has always supported me with my art. He has his comments and sometimes I don’t like them but I do listen..
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Woodville is a small rural community and we do have lots to see and do. I would take my friend for a drive to see the Indian reservation and hope they were having a pow wow. Their are lakes to fish in and lots of trees and quiet. I would take them to church. We would eat at Elijah’s restaurant and I could show them some beautiful landscapes to paint. We could plein air paint just about anywhere or we could paint in my studio. ( most all my friends paint). We have a lovely porch on the side of our house and we could cook out and visit. I would invite some friends over to meet my company. They could shop for antiques or go to a play or go to the art gallery here. All the people are welcoming,very nice and friendly.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh, I have lots of people I could shout-out to. I would have to say God has given me the talent. The next person would be Dalhart Windberg. ( I love his work and have attended several workshops from him)
Other: Floral Web site https://www.barbarahavilandfineart.com