Barbara Rockhold’s home and studio is in El Cerrito, CA. She grew up in a small town in the midwest and her grandmother was a well-known local Texas artist. She painted her first painting under her grandmother’s instruction at age 6. Since then, she’s pursued a variety of creative interests, including painting, photography, jewelry casting, pottery, and basket weaving.
Barbara graduated from San Jose State University with a dual degree in Psychology and Art and has a Community College Teaching Credential in Art, Design and Photography. She’s also studied art at California College of Arts and Crafts, UC Berkeley Extension and College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA. She’s worked as a college design instructor, an art director for a yachting magazine, an ad designer for a newspaper, and co-owner of a graphic design business.
Following both her interests in psychology and art, she paints a wide variety of subjects, from psychological surrealism to portraits, animals, flowers and landscapes. The variety in her work reflects both the dark and light sides of her personality and life. She’s inspired by artists such as Frida Kahlo, Magritte and Georgia O’Keefe, who revealed their souls through their work
Barbara’s work has been exhibited in numerous gallery exhibits throughout the bay area, in online exhibits and in the Alchemical Art Salon in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has won many prizes from art competitions. Her work can be seen at the Alameda Art Gallery in Southshore Center, Alameda, as well as on her website, www.tomatogurl.com.
El Cerrito, CA