2017 Winter Park Paint Out Artist  



"A Good Book"
12x9, Oil on Linen (1907)

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Barbara Ortiz

Windermere, FL


"My painting is my form of personal communication with the viewer. I am trying to show them my way of seeing this subject at this moment in time. When people see my work, I would like them to want to look with fresh eyes at everything around them. The learning never ends. I believe that is the reason I love being an artist."



Artwork from the 2017 Paint Out

"Hopetown Happiness"
14x11, Oil on Linen (1928)

"So Many Palms"
12x9, Oil on Linen (1953)

"Early Morning Garden"
11x14, Oil on Linen (1954)

"Along the Canal"
8x10, Oil on Linen (2004)

"Peaceful Morning"
12x9, Oil on Linen (2027)

"Soft Sunset"
8x13, Oil on Linen (2053)

"April Afternoon"
12x16, Oil on Linen (2086)

"In Bloom"
12x9, Oil on Linen (2118)

"Pan at Polasek"
8x8, Oil on Linen (2120)

Background Information

Capturing a moment of joyful observation and conveying that moment through the use of light and shadow, textures and edges in her representational oil paintings is the reason Barbara Ortiz paints.

She enjoys the challenge of working in Plein Air. Due to the ever-changing light, holding onto that original visual image and incorporating a sense of weather and time of day takes immense focus. Barbara says ”This is my happy place.”

Barbara grew up in New Milford, New Jersey. She began drawing at an early age influenced by her father, an amateur oil painter. Living close to New York City, her family spent many weekend exposing her to the many art museums, galleries and abundant street art. She studied fine art at Monmouth College and Fairleigh Dickenson University.

In 1984, Barbara moved to Cancun, Mexico where she resided until 1994. During this time she worked frequently in watercolors. Upon returning to the United States, Barbara, along with her husband and two children, settled in Windermere, Florida where she currently resides.

Barbara has taken classes at Crealde School of Art, Winter Park, Florida as well as The Longboat Key Center For the Arts, Longboat Key, Florida. She has had the privilege of honing her skills in classes and workshops under renowned artists, David Leffel, Greg Kreutz, Morgan Samuel Price, Calvin Liang, Lori Putnam, Don Sondag, Ned Mueller and Stacy Barter.

Awards and Exhibitions

  • Featured Artist - November 2016 The Art League of Mount Dora, "Mount Dora In The Fall" Paint Out and Juried Exhibition
  • Award of Merit - July 2016 The Art League of Daytona, "Figuratively Speaking"
  • Award of Recognition - May 2016 The Art League of Daytona, "Get Real"
  • Featured Artist - April 2015 The City of Orlando Public Arts Program, "Three Alla Prima Painters" Garden House Gallery, Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens
  • Honorable Mention - May 2015 The Art League of Mount Dora, "Shape and Shadow"



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