Barbara Mandel is a plein air and studio painter, working in oils to create soft, loosely applied, atmospheric colors. As a painter, art teacher, art therapist, and museum educator, Barbara has always been devoted to self-discovery through art.
Barbara holds a BA in Painting/Studio Arts and an MA in Art Therapy. After working as an art therapist for 15 years, Barbara taught art at Lowell School for 14 years and then at Holton-Arms School for 10 years. She is currently a School Docent at the National Gallery of Art.
When painting plein air Barbara finds inspiration from local landscapes and the French countryside, where she often paints in the summer. In the studio she works on subjects such as chefs, cafés, and patisseries.
Barbara has exhibited locally in juried shows at Gallery B in Bethesda, Rockville Art League, Strathmore Hall, the Yellow Barn at Glen Echo, the former Orchard Gallery, Brookside Gardens, and the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Fellowship Hall Gallery.