Barbara Rockhold’s home and studio is in El Cerrito, CA. She grew up in a small town in Kansas and her grandmother was a well-known local artist in Texas. She painted her first painting under her grandmother’s instruction at age 5. Since then, she’s pursued a variety of creative interests, including painting, photography, lost-wax jewelry casting, pottery, and basketry. 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. Her career has been as a design instructor, an art director for a magazine, an ad designer, and co-owner of a graphic design business. Following her interests in psychology and art, she paints a wide variety of subjects, from animals, portraits and flowers to psychological surrealism. She’s inspired by artists such as Frida Kahlo, Magritte and Georgia O’Keefe, who revealed their souls through their work. The variety of her work shows both the dark and light aspects of life. 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 many ribbons from art competitions. Her work can be seen at the Alameda Art Gallery, as well as on her website.