Artist Statement Barbara Ann Tansky (BAT} I am a self-taught artist whose inspiration comes from the post-impressionist masters Van Gogh, Cezanne and Matisse. Her collection was originally called "Real Impressions" and is an exciting journey into the realm where reality and fantasy meet. It is a unique and refreshing blend of colors and perspective that will stimulate one's mind and delight senses. I combine abstraction with a sense of illusion to create a stimulating experience. My colors are chosen to suggest the natural elusiveness of ever changing light and constant optical movement. Layers of thick and thin paint suggest the idea of solid and ephemeral, and the relationship of permanence and impermanence. My paintings meet at the intersection of reality, impression and abstraction. My art creates space and distance that feels like the familiar world around us but is impressionistic, and abstracted. My painted world blends visual plains and geometric shapes to create a sense of visual depth and colors that we can identify with. My art conveys the order and joy derived from the blending many visual systems together. Real Impressions is centered on relaying a sense of a visually unified whole than the individual parts of it and focuses on using color and light to create balance and blur the line between observation and abstraction. “I hope that my art brings as much happiness to you as it has for me” BAT Artist Bio Barbara is a contemporary real impressionistic painter who lives and works in Delray Beach, Florida. A native of New York, she creates a colorful paintings narrative style that stimulates and expresses the vibrant spirit and atmosphere of the world we live in. Picturesque landscapes, tropical flowers, and cityscapes are all brought to life with contrasting and harmonious colors and bold compositions. They lure the viewer into a world of enchantment, and a stimulating visual journey. Barbara’s artwork has been shown and sold in the Real Impressions gallery in Greenwich Connecticut, as well as galleries in Piermont, Tarrytown and Atlantic City NJ. Her professional career focused on sales to private collectors and commissioned work for fortune 500 companies. Barbara’s 911 Wake Up Call is displayed in the 911 museum. Barbara’s continues to paint and has become a notable poet who now paints with words. Her new works combine the written and visual to create even greater Real Impressions.