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  • “Growing Hearts”Growing Hearts

    During the first week of December I found it difficult to hike with Roxy & Ringo. I became concerned. We’d been in the habit of walking most days for about an hour, sometimes two. I began to notice deep pain in my chest, sometimes feeling nauseous and needing to find a place to sit down. Our long hikes became short ten minute strolls to the end of the road and back. Then rest. Such a drastic change scared me into phoning my doctor. Prior cardio stress tests showed nothing, so the more invasive angiogram was performed, revealing a blockage that required bypass surgery. Ultimately it was discovered that the mid-left anterior descending artery of my heart was, over time, being squeezed closed by the muscles around it. It was totally blocked. An oddity. I have a scar down the middle of my chest, but I am alive. And with therapy, will soon return to hiking with my doggies this spring.

  • “"Memory", "Where We Make Up Our Stories", "Corner of Clover Valley & Willis Ray", "Wade in the Water", "Lady of the Night", "There is a Balms in Gilead", "Bluebird", "Ginger Cat", "Rain"”

    A few of the paintings on display through the month of March 2017 at The Bottle Shop in Lake Geneva: http://www.thebottleshoplakegeneva.com

  • “Visions A-Z: A contemplation on the letter G ”Visions A-Z: A contemplation on the letter G

    Gauche on wood cradle, 8 inches square. This series of paintings was my way of processing the anguish I felt about the twenty-six innocent souls lost in the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre.

  • “Stormy Weather #7”Stormy Weather #7

    Stormy Weather #7 was included in the 2013 "Bare Walls" exhibit at The DeLind Fine Art Gallery. This painting is part of my "Stormy Weather" series.

  • “Remember to Climb Trees”Remember to Climb Trees

    Remember to Climb Trees is my donation to the 2012 America Scores "Inspired Art" auction to raise money for this wonderful program in Milwaukee (see http://www.americascoresmke.org/).

  • “Dorothy's Woods #2”Dorothy's Woods #2

    I am working on a series of paintings of scenes in a small portion of the Kettle Moraine forest. My friend, Dorothy, tends to this area creating trails and resting places for hikers in her back yard. As I write this (2014), Dorothy is 90 years old.

  • “Dorothy's Woods #1”Dorothy's Woods #1

    I am working on a series of paintings of scenes in a small portion of the Kettle Moraine forest. My friend, Dorothy, tends to this area creating trails and resting places for hikers in her back yard. As I write this (2014), Dorothy is 90 years old.

Barbara Grant

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I’ve been volunteering since 2014 as a facilitator with “Memories in the Making” — the art program of the Alzheimer's Association that allows those living with Alzheimer's an opportunity for self-expression through watercolor painting. Time spent encouraging others to create from their hearts teaches me to do the same.

I earned a BFA from Northern Illinois University in 1989, and attended subsequent classes to expand my abilities with print-making, writing and music.

Originally from Peoria, Illinois, the Milwaukee area has been my home since 1987.

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The inventive imagery in my artwork is a result of my creative process. If I knew where I was going with a painting or drawing it would take the adventure out of it. I like to begin with a vague notion of a subject and explore, with various media and techniques. Working with the unknown in this way forces me to learn new strategies to make order out of chaos, a compulsion with which I am blessed.

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