About

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Although I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, I spent summers at my family’s homes in Smithtown and Peakville, New York. It was during these summer vacations that I discovered the world of the natural landscape, which has been the inspiration for my art and jewelry designs since that time. I received my MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, and have exhibited my paintings in SOHO, Midtown Manhattan and in the Berkshires, MA.  My awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a New York State CAPS Fellowship, a grant from the Hillwood Art Museum, C.W. Post College, and numerous awards from juried art exhibitions. I have always considered jewelry as an extension of my painting and have been experimenting with form and media for decades. I currently teach my original jewelry design course, painting courses, and serve as art department chairperson at a major New York City university.

-Ross Barbera

21 Responses to About

  1. Oksana says:

    Glad to meet You and Your art)! Thank You for Your art! It’s great! I put on my website a link to a blog about Your work and courses! Every success and good luck to You, Ross)!

    • Ross Barbera says:

      Thank you Oksana! I really appreciate your feedback and support!

      Best wishes to you,
      -Ross

  2. Barbara says:

    Do you offer workshops which you teach in person?

    • Ross Barbera says:

      Hi Barbara,

      I do offer workshops from time to time at local libraries and teach at a private university. I plan to expand my workshops in the future and will post any related info on Facebook when I do. Thanks a lot for your question, and Happy New Year.

      -Ross

  3. Ga says:

    Hi Ross,

    Your work is so beautiful. I’ve never understood diamonds or fancy jewellery, but there is so much beauty in the simplicity of water color and light–I am very inspired but very un-tool capable.

    Do you sell any of your pieces?

    Best wishes,

    Ga

    • Ross Barbera says:

      Hi Ga,

      Thanks so much for your kind comments. I agree that watercolor paper jewelry permits an elegant statement that can rival conventional pieces. It is also limited only by the artist’s imagination. I do sell the pieces occasionally but prefer to exhibit them with my paintings in various shows around the area.

      Best wishes,
      -Ross

  4. I enjoy your lessons. Watercolour as a medium facinates me especially flowers! I would love to watch all your lessons. pl do keep me posted.

    • Ross Barbera says:

      Thank you Sucheta! I appreciate your feedback!
      -Ross

  5. Howard McPherson says:

    Dear Ross Barbera: I have downloaded several of your watercolor painting tutorials and plan to start in a few weeks. You mention your “Tools and Materials used for transparent watercolor painting by Ross Barbera” but I have never been able to find this video on Youtube or on Google. I like the idea of printing a line drawing directly onto Arches watercolor paper (hotpress or cold ?) instead of using the more expensive digital watercolor paper. Thank you for great videos. Sincerely, Howard McPherson

    • Ross Barbera says:

      Hi Howard,

      I am currently finishing up this video (Tools and Materials) and should have it released in a few days. The Cherry Blossom video was extensive, so, in order to not make it too lengthy, I decided to offer a separate video about Tools and Materials. I will post on Facebook when it is ready on You Tube, and if you subscribe to the channel you should receive an email notice when it is there and ready to view.

      Thanks very much for your interest. I hope you enjoy these projects as much as I do!

      Best regards,
      -Ross

  6. Adriana says:

    Dear Mr. Barbera,

    I am very happy with your videos. I like too much.

    Thanks.

    Sincerely,

    Adriana Mutizabal García

    • Ross Barbera says:

      Hi Adriana,
      Thank you for your kind comment!
      Regards,
      -Ross

  7. ALise says:

    I found your website via youtube and I’m totally in love with your work! I find it very inspiring and I want to try make some jewellery myself.
    I just wonder what vanish and glue you are using? I know you said this in one of your videos, but my English is not good enough to quite understand what you said. It’s easier for me to understand the English writing so I would be very thankful for an answer here. I hope you will understand my English, and thank you very much for the inspiring videos!

    Sincerely, Alise

    • Ross Barbera says:

      Hi Alise,

      I’m glad you will be making jewelry! I use Minwax Polycrylic water-based varnish and Lineco Neutral pH Adhesive. Elmer’s Glue-all also will work, but I prefer a neutral pH adhesive for all of my pieces.

      I hope this helps, and that you enjoy these creative projects! Thanks for watching my videos!

      Best regards,
      Ross

  8. Martha Gallardo says:

    Perdon en youtube!

  9. Martha Gallardo says:

    Excelente su trabajo!!!, estoy facinada y encantada de haber encontrado su canal en facebook , muchas gracias y felicidades!

    • Ross Barbera says:

      Hi Martha,

      Thank you very much for your kind comments!

      Best regards,
      Ross

  10. Arisa says:

    I found your website via your youtube video. Lovely work! Very inspiring!

    • Ross Barbera says:

      Hi Arisa,

      Thanks very much for your kind comment – I appreciate it!

      -Ross

  11. James Finley says:

    Dear Mr. Barbera,

    I recently discovered your videos and I must say I am so impressed. I recently retired and I like doing jewelry but wanted to up my standards and provide more than just beads (if you know what I mean). I have a few questions regarding the toster oven baking for the earrings and pendants. If you don’t mind, I really would appreciate your time.

    1. On the hoop jewelry earrings made of rice paper.
    How long do you leave these rice paper earrings in the toster over and do you hang
    them or lay them down.
    2. On the paper pendants, how long do you leave these in the over. They are gorgous!

    Thanks to people like you, the world is a better place.

    Sincerely,
    James M. Finley (jfinley1950@aol.com)

    I am your biggest fan!

    down. (I woudl think they have to be hanging.

    • Ross Barbera says:

      Hi James,

      Thanks very much for your feedback and comments! Let me try to answer your questions –

      1 – The rice paper earrings should go into a 150 degree F. toaster oven for about 15-20 minutes. As for hanging them, you can glue a paper sleeve with vertical slats, if you like, or rig a paper plate with glued 1” strips of light cardboard canals. I find, though, that laying them down is fine –if- the varnish is dry.
      2- For watercolor paper pendants, again, a minimum of 15-20 minutes at 150 degrees F. is appropriate after the varnish has air-dried.

      Hope this helps and that you really enjoy the projects!

      Best regards,
      -Ross Barbera

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