Barbara Amé Branson
After working in New Orleans as a commercial artist/ fashion illustrator for 6 years, I received a BFA from the Louisville School of Art and an MFA degree from the University of New Orleans. I have spent the majority of my career in the education field, teaching K-12 art for 12 years and teaching Art at the college/university levels for the past 20 years. I currently teach Art Appreciation for Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado via their Correspondence Education Department.
I am interested in exploring the relationship between play and art-making. I have been inspired by my students whimsical, charming, and often beautiful creations, as well as by the history of doll-making, which dates back to ancient Egypt, Rome and the Greek civilizations. My early years illustrating fashion were deeply satisfying, and that love of fabric and form, and how they reveal various aspects of our human natures, is reflected in my dolls which are made in part from repurposed fabric and clothing.