About Barbara and the IACC

A bit about Barbara Jacobs…

Originally from Minnesota, in 2015 Barbara moved from living in Massachusetts to Sebastopol, CA. Her father, William Saltzman, was a well known Midwestern painter, sculptor and stained-glass artist. Barbara enjoyed growing up in an environment rich in color and surrounded by a variety of fine art. In that environment, she experienced many opportunities to explore a wide variety of art materials.

Barbara’s formal artistic education includes studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy, and the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied with Adja Yunkers and David Hockney. She studied fine arts at the University of Minnesota, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in studio art with a concentration in painting and printmaking.

Known as an innovator in the field of color design, Barbara has a noteworthy design background. In addition to her personal artwork, since 1986 she has helped to create supportive environments for a great number of clients in their homes and workplaces. She continues her ongoing practice as an architectural color consultant for interior and exterior color choices. Projects include online color consulting for “long distance” as well as “on-site” consultations, both local and traveling to further locations.

Artistic Finishes and Full-Spectrum Paints

From 1986 to 2006, Barbara specialized in creating and installing artistic decorative finishes and murals for residential and commercial clients. The materials  she used included glazes and Venetian plasters that she applied in a variety of techniques. During that time, she also developed a line of 32 colors in “full spectrum” paints—using no black or gray in any of the color mixtures. She named this collection of colors  “EcoHues.” These unique paint colors became favorites among her clients, who often requested them for use in their homes.

The designation “Full Spectrum Paints” originated with Ellen Kennon, a designer and long-time friend of Barbara. It was through collaboration with Ellen that “EcoHues” became possible.

Most of all, Barbara’s fascination with color and color-mixing continues, as she always approaches each project as an artist.

About Barbara’s unique design projects

Barbara has held a long-time fascination with textiles, traditional and modern surface design, and rug design. It was through the inspiration from these interests that she created and developed the original series of custom, hand-knotted Tibetan rugs of her own design, which she called “Silk Road Weaves.” In addition, she carried this inspiration even further. Even at this time, she continues to explore using her original designs for other textiles and printed patterns.

An IACC Accredited Designer

Barbara received accreditation status in 2000 through theIACC (International Association of Color Consultants). Her work has been published internationally through that organization. She has been acknowledged as an expert in the field of applied color psychology and supportive color design. Barbara has also been interviewed by and published in numerous national professional and shelter media, in print and online. These articles have been focused on the subject of supportive color design, color trends, and selecting colors for interiors and architecture.

Artist’s Statement

I enjoy working with a variety of materials and processes. Scale of work ranges from very small to larger, more complex pieces. Favorite media include pastels, some water media, colored pencils, paper-and-ink, and various textures like Venetian plaster and organic materials, including even sometimes “found objects.”  Photography and digital work also play a role in many pieces. Some might call it “inconsistent”—but frankly, what I enjoy most is to explore combinations, finding out about different materials, and experiencing where they lead. Sometimes the process is a simpler, direct drawing or color work. And another piece might include many layers and materials, as inspiration dictates.

What’s the inspiration?

I typically draw Inspiration from geology, history, mythology, organic materials, and of course life experiences, people I meet, and current events. Other inspirations stem from historical and traditional cultures’ uses of color and pattern in surface design, and the symbolism and roles of those elements in their worlds.

Most of all, my work tends to not be too literal. I prefer to leave quite a bit  to the viewer’s imagination. Furthermore, I always try to offer an unspoken (or sometimes, literally, spoken) invitation to the viewer to participate in the “story” from his or her own personal perspective of what is happening in a particular work. In addition, I can appreciate the serious side, but also can enjoy injecting my own sense of humor or irony into the subjects and style.

I’m very happy at this time to explore my personal artwork in more depth and breadth. Please enjoy this view to find out more about it.

Most recently, Barbara is author of the new coloring book that is “not only for adults…” Windows to Imagination, Coloring Your Way to Stress Relief and Meditation—a coloring book + color journal in two parts.

Windows to Imagination
Windows to Imagination – front cover.  You can order this book through Amazon.com


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