Barbara Minas Author



     I was born in Hammond, Indiana, and grew up across the street from the toxic Little Calumet River. In the mid 1950's my family moved to Arizona, where I attended Judson, a funky school with both calf roping and polo. During the turbulent Civil Rights and Vietnam War eras, I received a BA from the University of Arizona, and later, after my daughter Whitney and son Josh were born, I received an BFA from Pacific Lutheran University and an MFA from the University of Puget Sound. When my children were young I owned and directed Arcadia Montessori School. I have taught ceramics and painting in high schools and universities, was a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch, and, a realtor with Russ Lyon Sotheby's. A variety of work experiences keeps life interesting.

     My art has dealt with a personal reaction to the destruction of the natural environment, as experienced growing up in the industrial northeast corner of Indiana, as well as, living in the industrial town of Tacoma, Washington. Tacoma's Commencement Bay was put on the Superfund National Priorities List in 1983 due to widespread contamination of the water. I love being outside and hiking, so my immediate surrounds have always affected the art I make.

     I have also used satirical visual imagery to describe the plight of wildlife, i.e. animal suicides: rattlesnake attacking itself, giraffe with its neck in a noose, rhino goring itself. From the time we kids watched a live nuclear bomb test in New Mexico, on a TV my dad set up on the stage of my grade school gymnasium, up to the present, I have made art about nuclear weapons. First these were sculptures and assemblages, and more recently, they are paintings with explosions in the background, animals in the foreground. Breast cancer led to a series of paintings entitled "single-breasted pin-up girls."

     Over the years I've exhibited my ceramics, paintings and mixed media assemblages inf gallery and museum exhibitions, including, Tucson Art Center, The Heard Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona, and The Carnegie Institute, State Capitol Museum and Henry Gallery in Washington. I have participated in Hidden in the Hills Studio Tours in Carefree/Cave Creek.

     In the mid 1990's I began writing as a daily practice and my first short story was printed in The Story Teller, published by the Society of Southwestern Authors in 2015. After re-reading my travel diary from a trip to Europe with my sister and parents, I spent four years working on a humorous and informative memoir, now available on Amazon books and Kindle: Moscow 1959: A Week with Dad Behind the Iron Curtain.

     Recently we moved to an older home on a couple of acres in the Cave Creek hills, where I continue to write, and, am in the process of setting up my art studio. My husband Mike Watt, Dazy dog and I live surrounded by wildlife and views in all directions. It doesn't get any better!