Description In June of 1971, I was informed that my mother had died. At that time, this was a shocking revelation, yet not a surprise. From my perspective, my mother never had a life, it was damaged and destroyed by her captors who stopped her joyful nature at every turn. I only know the pain and suffering she endured in what could have been a wonderful life for everyone else as well. In spring of 2004, I was compelled to create several paintings that reminded me of the places she loved. She was born in Bangor Maine and I imagined that she may have lived in a cabin like this one. Perhaps she was trying to tell me that she is finally home and now she can play her guitar, harmonica and player piano in peace. As a child, I was deprived of my mother, though she gave me everything she had in her philosophy: Beauty is as beauty does and where there is a will, there is a way.
Barbara Helen Zeolla, Red Bank Member Since February 2017 Artist Statement For the most part, I am self taught. In early childhood I found inspiration from my surroundings and later from the impressionist and modern painters who sparked my desire to learn something about the way they create an image. My style of art is somewhat eclectic. Each subject is different and becomes itself as it is processed through my vision.
Photography is another side of my artwork. Through 1986 to 1999, I spent a lot of my spare time walking around the city and waterfront parks capturing candid images of the scenery and people at their leisure. During that time, I used a 35mm manual camera.