Noted Landscape Painter Barbara White Offers Parents and Children Colorful Sneak Peek at Seven Midwestern Zoos with Release of New Children’s Book

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Barbara White's "Unusual Zoo Creatures of the Midwest" takes readers on a journey filled with fun facts to Seven Midwestern States where they can discover unusual zoo creatures from all over the world.

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My ultimate goal as an artist is to create an emotional response for the viewer by capturing the soul of the scenery and convey a painterly message.

Barbara Jean White has enjoyed a successful career in fine art, displaying her work in many galleries and competitions in the United States and Germany. The birth of a granddaughter in 2009 inspired her to use her eye for color and design to illustrate her first children’s book about animals, “Creatures of the Seven Continents.” A graphic arts class inspired her to work with images of interesting animals.

In 2014 she self-published her second book, “Unusual Zoo Creatures of the Midwest.” After years of painting “Au plein air” throughout the Midwest, the new book posits a road trip to various zoos in the area to visit the most interesting species in their collections. Barbara lists fun facts about each animal, making the books educational as well as beautiful. Both of Barbara's books are 32 pages of glorious color, and her target audience is children ages 4-7.

Ms. White is represented by Mullaly’s 128 Studio and Gallery in Elk Rapids, MI and the Art Rental Gallery of the Flint Institute of Art in Flint, MI. She can also be found on the Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Association's website. She has taught art classes to adults and college students. Her philosophy of painting is, “In creating transparent and opaque lines, shapes and textures with strong emphasis on intense color, design and composition, my ultimate goal is to create an emotional response for the viewer by capturing the soul of the scenery and convey a beautiful message in an expressionistic, semi-abstract, yet representational style.”

To purchase a copy of either book, email the author or send her a Facebook message. Each book is sold for $12 plus shipping.

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