Barbara’s Paintings


About the Artist

Barbara has been drawing and painting as long as she can remember.  She is a graduate of Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Fine Arts, where she earned a Master of Landscape Architecture. She is the principal of Barbara Seymour Landscapes, which has been designing landscapes for over 20 years. She has continued her painting, combining it with her design work, finding that each enhances the other. Barbara’s illustrations of Swarthmore College have graced the Scott Arboretum’s brochures for over 20 years, and were featured on the college’s year 2000 calendar.

Barbara has been a lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture at Temple University, and at the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA. While there, Barbara wrote and illustrated a book, "Portrait of a Place, San Luis Obispo" which was supported by an Individual Design Arts Fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts.

The Philadelphia Inquirer art critic, Victoria Donohoe, wrote: "Fresh, spring-clean outdoor watercolors by Barbara Seymour in the Mostly Swarthmore exhibit at Swarthmore College are intimate views, often architectural or horticultural, resonating of past and present. Seymour’s best method, like her vision, is sensuous and tactile. Seymour, a landscape architect, leaves a most faithful record of what a place looks like. Many of us take our campuses, hills, valleys and glens too much for granted to pay such earnest attention."

In a review of Barbara’s List Gallery exhibit, Sarah Van Keuren of The University of the Arts, wrote: "Also extraordinary in the new paintings is a passionate capturing of light illuminating trees as in Up Magill Walk to Parrish and most especially in Frost on the Meadow, seen at dawn in Crum Meadow. The gilded interlace of sunlit trees in the latter has a Celtic intensity that is sublime.”