Barbara French Pace

Barbara French Pace

painter and photographer

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Copying the Masters
Copying the Masters at the National Gallery of Art

Exhibit Sites

Waverly Street Gallery
Strathmore Hall
Smithsonian Institution
Foundry Gallery
Friendship Gallery
Yellow Barn Gallery
Montpelier Arts Center
South Shore Land Trust
Capitol Arts Network
Glen Echo/National Parks
Khoja Gallery

Latest Shows

Patterns in Photography

April 7-May 2, 2015
Waverly Street Gallery,
Bethesda, MD
Reception: Friday, April 10, 6-9 pm

About the Artist

A multifaceted artist, Barbara French Pace interprets the world through painting, drawing, and photography. Her art has been widely exhibited in juried shows, cooperative and commercial galleries, and business spaces in the Washington metropolitan area, twice winning best-in-show recognition. Paintings and photographs are regularly on exhibit at in Bethesda, MD, and have appeared in a variety of media, including The Washington Post and on PBS.

In recent years, Pace has expanded her involvement in the arts, including studying at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and at the Smithsonian and the Yellow Barn in Washington. She draws inspiration from extensive travels, including overseas painting and photography workshops. At home, she paints daily in her studio in Chevy Chase DC; weekly with two artist colleagues on Capitol Hill; and on site when weather permits. Pace has been a volunteer with studio arts courses at the Smithsonian and member of a figure drawing group. She participates in the copyist program at the National Gallery of Art where she works on refining classical techniques by painting from the masters.

Her photography has appeared in solo and group shows at home and abroad. Initially working in black and white, she taught darkroom techniques and ran her own photography business. Having shifted to digital imaging, she now works almost exclusively in color. She does her own printing, matting, and framing.

Pace balances her creative life with family responsibilities and a career in foreign affairs analysis. In addition to degrees in international relations, she completed a post-graduate program in publication design.