Barbara Busenbark, Bradenton Member Since October 2010 Artist Statement I am a painter. While Florida is my home, I enjoy traveling and painting different places. The joy of painting is a cycle of give and take for me. While I paint I am fully immersed, consumed, and focused in the act of painting. It is a release from which I emerge with a sense of personal growth and expression, always reaching and learning. It is also a means of communication, sharing how I see the world with others. Also feeding the hunger to create is how my work is received. When people look at my work and are impacted by it in a way that brings joy and contentment the cycle is completed and renewed to start again. With that, the vibrant colors of my paintings are alive, I am alive.