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Barbara Meikle Fine Art
236 Delgado Street Santa Fe, NM 87501

Barbara Meikle

gallery gallery

Biography

Barbara Meikle is an artist who paints the simple world outside of her door in Tesuque, a village on the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico. With each brushstroke she brings alive the charm of the burro at her neighbors, the bird perched on Ruthie, her mini-mule, or the horses racing in the pasture. The view down the arroyo, or the mountains in the distance come alive in vivid shades of pink and purple, ocher and brown. Stunningly colorful clouds become a focal point of the New Mexico desert landscape, giving drama and brilliance to a land some have called brown and drab.

Meikle has been an artist from childhood, sketching the horses she loved and took care of in order to ride. True to her art, in college she earned a BA in painting and printmaking at the University of Denver and studied watercolor at Cambridge University in England. Returning to the states, Meikle learned the gallery business in Denver, then worked in galleries in Chicago and New York City even as she continued to practice her craft. Her dream was always to make her living as an artist, and in 1990 she returned to New Mexico, her home state, to pursue that dream.

Barbara Meikle's art may project peace and harmony exemplified as a colorful burro, or explode in the riot of energy of galloping horses. Enveloping skies of yellow, pink and white may hover over a majestic dark blue mountain that smolders with mystery, or stalks of prayerful flowers may reach for distant stars in an attitude of happy reverence. The views out her door may be of New Mexico, but her work speaks of a larger vision.

Animals have always been an important part of Barbara's work,for the past 8 years she has been raising money for horse and donkey rescue, and for the Wildlife Center of New Mexico. Barbara invites horses, donkeys, bald eagles, owls, hawks and falcons to pose for her at the gallery and she creates paintings of them while they model. This happens several times a year, please check our calendar for details. A portion of art sales every month goes to different rescues, among them Equine Spirit Sanctuary in Ranchos de Taos,NM; The Horse Shelter in Cerillos,NM; Longhopes Donkey Shelter in Bennett,CO;The Wildlife Center of New Mexico in Espanola,NM and Spirit Run Equine Rescue in Gilmer,TX.

Explore the world as seen through the eyes of an artist who has found the soul of the mundane and glorified it. Explore the world through the eyes of Barbara Meikle.

Barbara Meikle is owner and operator of Barbara Meikle Fine Art

Meikle's colorful paintings are energetic and joyful. Please click on each image for size and price....