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I grew up in the countryside of Wisconsin in the small town of New Holstein. Itís an area filled with the offspring of German immigrants and expansive skies. Itís that sense of wide-open space and never-ending rows of corn that is portrayed in my paintings.  An uncomplicated life captured in a minimal amount of color and lines.


I use painting knives to apply and manipulate the paint directly on the canvas. I like working with painting knives because of the variety of surfaces that can be achieved and how I can build up a minimalist composition. Most of my paintings have between five to ten thick layers of paint that I use to create texture, depth and a bit of history and mystery to the work.


all works and photography ©  Barbara Kleinhans 2005-2015