Barbara Jaenicke loved drawing and painting as a child, but truthfully, it was simply stubborn determination beginning in her early teen years, more so than natural giftedness, that launched her artistic journey. Her grandmother was an accomplished oil painter, and although she didnt directly encourage Barbara to follow in her footsteps, Barbaras childhood was surrounded by her beautiful paintings.
Barbaras earliest training was with the late Juanita Crosby in Bordentown, NJ, who instilled a strong initial foundation of painting basics, and with whom she studied during her high school and college years. Not realizing that a career in fine art could be a possibility, she steered her initial career choice toward another art-related field, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College), majoring in Art with an emphasis in Advertising and Design. Barbaras early career was spent in advertising as an art director, then later in corporate marketing communications. Without much time for painting during these earlier careers, she always knew she would eventually continue her original artistic passion, and in 1999 she gradually but intensely began to do so. Finally, in 2002, she was able to turn her focus to a fine art career, pursuing it full steam ahead.
Working in oil and pastel, Barbara strives to capture light-filled landscapes in an impressionist style. She holds signature memberships in Oil Painters of America (OPA) and American Impressionist Society (AIS), and has earned the distinctions of Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and Eminent Pastelist in the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).
Her award highlights include the Silver Medal in the 2019 OPA Western Regional Juried Exhibition; 2nd Place in the 2018 AIS National Juried Show; Plein Air Magazine’s Plein Air Salon competition wins in January 2021 (Best Western), August 2017 (Best Water) and April 2014 (2nd Place); numerous BoldBrush/Fine Art Studio Online (FASO) awards; and the People’s Choice award in the 2014 AIS Juried Exhibition.
She has been featured in numerous art publications including Pastel Journal, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Artists Magazine, and Southwest Art, and has served as a contributing writer for some of these publications.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Barbara also lived in Atlanta, Georgia for many years until she yearned for snow and mountains for her landscape subject matter, which prompted her familys move to Bend, Oregon in 2015.
Barbara is also a popular workshop instructor throughout the US, teaching workshops coast to coast each year.
IAPS 6th Master Circle Division Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL, 2021, Silver Award
Pastel 100, April 2021, Honorable Mention
Plein Air Salon, January 2021, Best Western
Art Renewal Center, 2020, Finalist
American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, St. George, UT, 2020, Award of Excellence
Pastel 100, April 2020 issue of the Pastel Journal, 5th Place
BoldBrush, November 2019, First Place
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM, 2019, Silver Medal
BoldBrush, September 2019, Finalist
BoldBrush, February 2019, Finalist
BoldBrush, November 2018, Finalist
American Impressionist Society 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Fish Creek, WI, 2018, 2nd Place
Pastel Society of America, 46th Annual Juried Exhibition, New York, NY, 2018, Yang Family Award
Pastel 100, April 2018 issue of the Pastel Journal, Honorable Mention
BoldBrush, September 2017, Finalist
Plein Air Salon, August/September 2017, Best Water in a Landscape
BoldBrush, March 2017, Third Place
IAPS 29th Juried Exhibition, 2016 Web Show, Honorable Mention
BoldBrush, August 2016, Outstanding Pastel
Pastel 100, April 2016 issue of the Pastel Journal, Honorable Mention
BoldBrush, February 2016, Finalist
BoldBrush, March 2015, Best of Show
Southwest Art Magazine 2014 Artistic Excellence Competition, Honorable Mention (among top 13 winners)
American Impressionist Society 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Denver, CO, 2014, Artists Choice
Pastel Society of America, 42nd Annual Juried Exhibition, New York, NY, 2014, Terry Ludwig Pastels Award
American Women Artists National Juried Exhibiition, Orleans, MA, 2014, Merit Award
BoldBrush June 2014, Second Place
The Artists’ Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition, 2014, Finalist
Plein Air Magazine April-May 2014 Salon Competition, 2nd Place
Art Renewal Center 2013/2014 Salon, Finalist
Pastel 100 Competition, April 2014 issue of the Pastel Journal, Honorable Mention
BoldBrush March 2014, Outstanding Pastel Award
Richeson75 Online Still Life & Floral Competition 2014, 2nd Place
Plein Air Magazine, January 2021, Shedding Light on Light Sensitivity
American Art Collector, February 2020, Artist Focus Artists Magazine, January 2020, Winter Whites
Pure Pastel: Contemporary Works by Today’s Top Artists, edited by Anne Hevener, published April 2019
Pastel Journal, December 2018, Skill Builders column/Composition Boot Camp (also featured on cover of this
Southwest Art, October 2018, The Intimacy of Vast Spaces feature article
Plein Air Magazine, September 2018, Capturing a Dazzling Light feature article
Fine Art Connoisseur, February 2018, Three To Watch
Plein Air Magazine, November 2017, Trees
Southwest Art, January 2017, Artists To Watch
Pastel Journal, October 2016, Artist’s Test Kitchen column
Pastel Journal, August 2015, The Perfect Pair
Pastel Journal, June 2015, On the Artist’s Trail
Southwest Art, December 2014, among winners in Artistic Excellence Competition
Pastel Journal, June 2014, Skill Builders column
Pastel Journal, December 2011, Color Awakening feature article
Mockingbird Gallery, Bend, OR
Authentique Gallery/Illume Gallery, St. George, UT
The Artful Deposit, Bordentown, NJ