Barbara has always loved creating art as far back as she can remember. Her second-grade teacher asked her parents if there were artists in the family—that “Barbara showed real potential.” Barbara didn’t really pursue the arts until she was an adult, and she just knew that art was what she should be doing.
Barbara feels that when she is in sync with a piece—she can feel the rhythm—that the piece is very important to her. It’s when she feels a ‘connection’ in the song, prose, or poetry that she truly works from the heart. The energy is strong and literally makes her move forward regardless of time. It is almost like zeroing in completely into a world she loves. Barbara holds the belief that when you stay true to something you love doing, no matter how hard the path may be, it will pay off.
She is fascinated with the ‘process of art making’—not always the ‘end product’. Barbara loves exploring new and different materials to create exciting pieces. She feels like she has been truly blessed, being able to enjoy what she does, teaching art all over the world, meeting wonderful, like-minded people and to be able to create for a living. Barbara is a firm believer that we all need to create, we have that ability, each of us—but we need to be aware of our own paths and even more important—follow your heart and enjoy the journey.
Pointed Pen Possibilities is a series of classes by internationally renowned calligrapher Barbara Close. After an introductory course for beginners, Barbara takes you on a journey through her signature contemporary pointed pen style where you’ll learn myriad variations and creative tips and techniques.