Barbara Grena's Art World

Barbara Waszak Grena P.S.A.

Phone: 732-961-6548

A feeling of freedom in God's world invokes a sense that nature and I are one. It is only when I work in many different climates and see the changes in hues and feel the wind or stillness that my painting starts to develop. It’s very different then working in my studio. I enjoy both and each has its own benefit .There will be times when use of a photo becomes necessary to complete the work in my studio.

I grew up in Long Island City, New York and studied art at Newtown High School, in Jackson Heights Queens. My father and maternal grandfather who were fantastic artists influenced me. After high school I was pushed in many directions, working a few years in photography and commercial art. In the early 70’s I received a Fine Arts Certificate from the Washington University of Art in Chicago, Illinois and later studied Communication Design at Brookdale College in New Jersey.

I had numerous shows including one woman shows at the Guild of Creative Art, The Ocean County Artist Guild, The Little Silver Borough Hall and Georgian Court College. Exhibits include the Lever House Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, The Pastel Society of America (P.S.A.), and Salmagundi Club, all in New York City. My art works have been included in juried exhibitions including the Monmouth Museum the Monmouth Festival of the Arts and the Pastel Society of America. In July 2004, my pastel ‘In Honor of All the Heroes’ was accepted for the exhibition entitled ‘American Dreams Post 9/11’ at the Salmagundi Club. I received letters from former Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Bloomberg thanking me for the moving depiction of the September 11th tragedy. My art is also included in many private and corporate collections throughout my career; I received many awards and was featured in news papers, including the Asbury Park Press, Two River Times, The Middletown Independent, The Star Ledger and others.

Memberships include the Pastel Society of America, the Monmouth Art Society, the Monmouth Arts Council, The Ocean County Artist Guild, Guild of Creative Art and Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast.
I am included in the Marquis publications, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Women and Who’s Who in American Art. My work is represented at the Frederick Gallery in Spring Lake, New Jersey and the Squan Gallery in Manasquan, N.J.

My latest accomplishment was inclusion in the Best of Worldwide Landscape Artist Publication.

  Blue Ice (pastel)


  Drifting (oil)

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This page was last updated 9/28/2011