An Interview With Barbara Mandel

By Patricia Zannie (10/12/2022)


Patricia Zannie Gallery 209 Artist

As a painter, art teacher, art therapist, and museum educator, Barbara Mandel has always been devoted to self-discovery through art. She has helped children, adolescents, and adults express themselves through art in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, day treatment centers, community centers and public and private schools. She is currently a School Docent at the National Gallery of Art, a Teaching Artist at Art Works Now in Hyattsville, MD, and a member of Gallery 209.


Barbara is both a plein air and studio painter, working in oils to create soft, loosely applied, atmospheric colors. When painting plein air Barbara finds inspiration from local landscapes such as the Potomac River and the C&O Canal, Paris, and the French countryside. In the studio she works on subjects such as chefs, cafés, and patisseries.


While Barbara prefers the forgiving, rich, viscous qualities of oil paint, she always enjoys the spontaneous, fresh, soft feel of watercolor. Her recently published children’s book, The Topsy Turvy Genie, features her original watercolor illustrations.