Barbara Benedetti Newton

Barbara Benedetti Newton, a native of the Pacific Northwest, lives on Vashon Island, Washington and works in her Dockton Art Studio. She attended the Burnley School of Professional Art – now known as Seattle Art Institute – where she studied with Bill Cumming and went on to a professional art career in 1965 as a fashion illustrator. In 1990, Barbara began creating fine art with colored pencil focusing on still life composition. Decades later, her primary mediums are pastel and oil and her subjects are landscapes as well as still life scenes.

Barbara is a member of numerous art organizations some of which are: Northwest Pastel Society (NPS Distinguished Pastelist), Women Painters of Washington (WPW Honored Life Member), and International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS Master Circle Honoree). She is a past President and Life Member of Colored Pencil Society of America and is an active member of VIVA – Vashon Island Visual Artists.

Barbara has been the recipient of more than 50 awards and honors. She has authored two books: Colored Pencil Solution Book and Pastel Drawing as well as featured articles in magazines such as Pratique des Arts, International Artist Magazine, American Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.

A long-time instructor at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Lincoln City, Oregon, Barbara now shares online through her website and Instagram.

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