Saturday, April 11, 2009


Meet Cincinnati,Ohio artist, Barbara Klocke!

Chickadees, Barbara Klocke

I first met Barbara, whom I now call Sunshine, on March 22, 2007, in my first days as a Gallery owner at She was my third fan!
We became friends and cheerleaders to each other. As I slogged through the learning process of setting up the Gallery, learning posting protocols, Zazzle etiquette, etc, Barb always cheered me on, and encouraged me.

Barb is insightful, tremendously funny, and caring and giving to others. Her fans and friends span all age groups, art styles and genres. She is a delightful woman who sees the divine in all and everyone she sees and knows.

When not creating, Barbara spends time with her family and friends, reads, gardens, knits and crochets and practices the healing practice of Qigong.

Old Barn, Barbara Klocke

Barb, how did you come to be an artist?

“Art has always been a part of my life. It has always been a source of joy and expression for me. Having others enjoy my work is the highest form of success for me.

I suppose that my love of art began with my first coloring book. I decided that I wanted to be an artist at a young age. I was fortunate enough to have an artist neighbour as a child. I would visit her often and ask her what I needed to do to become an artist and then I taught myself how to do it.”

Earred Grebe, Barbara Klocke

And what media do you work in?

“I used to work in oils, but now I work in acrylic and sometimes watercolour. I work on canvas or paper, but I worked extensively on rocks for some time. Recently I began experimenting with coloured pencils.”

Wood Duck, Barbara Klocke

How has your career developed over the years?

“Over the years, I entered numerous art shows, both amateur and juried. My work was accepted for shows in Sofia, Bulgaria and Athens, Greece.

The prestigious Clossens in Cincinnati, featured my rock art for six months.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Tempo-art section, featured two articles about my Rock art. I also appeared on a local TV show with some of my rock art. My Granddaughter was permitted to go on with me, so that was great fun!

Two local Cincinnati galleries featured my work for several years.”

Pelican, Barbara Klocke

Has your work changed over the years?

“I paint a wide variety of subject matter, including wildlife and florals. A number of years ago though, I began researching the Native American culture in an effort to learn more about my own heritage. As a result I painted many Native American inspired paintings as a tribute to that Culture. “

Sunflowers, Barbara Klocke

What motivates you to create?

“I see the expression of God's love all around me, in Nature, Animals and people. I suppose that is my main motivation, to try and capture some of that beauty and love. The Native American art is more spiritual in nature, and many of those paintings came to me in dreams. To Native Americans, nurturing one's Spiritual side is as important as nurturing the physical side. They feel that true happiness can only be found by having balance between the two.”

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Next Time: An interview with an artist who I met here at home and have worked with for many years, Kate, of Kate’s Kards on Zazzle and Etsy.

Many thanks for coming by, cheers ruth ;D


  1. Ruth and Sunshine Barb -

    This is an outstanding interview! Barb, wonderful to see your work and to hear about your process.

    Ruth - what a great job of showcasing Sunshine in depth!!

    Thank you!
    ~ Diane Clancy

  2. Fantastic interview and love your blog Ruth!