Barbara Jaenicke OPA
OPA, AIS, PSA-MP, IAPS-EP
b. 1964, Trenton, NJ
Barbara’s painting journey resulted more so from stubborn determination than natural talent. Her earliest training was with the late Juanita Crosby in Bordentown, NJ, who instilled a strong initial foundation of painting basics, and with whom she studied during her high school and college years.
Not realizing that a career in fine art could be a possibility, she steered her initial career choice toward another art-related field, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College), majoring in Art with an emphasis in Advertising and Design.
Barbara’s early career was spent in advertising as an art director, then later in corporate marketing communications. Without much time for painting during these earlier careers, she always knew she would eventually continue her original artistic passion, and in 1999 she gradually but intensely began to do so. Finally, in 2002, she was able to turn her focus to a fine art career, pursuing it full steam ahead.
Working in oil and pastel, Barbara strives to capture light-filled landscapes in a painterly style. Although most of her finished work is completed in the studio, a regular practice of plein air painting enhances her ability to create a genuine impression of light in her landscape paintings.
She holds signature memberships in Oil Painters of America (OPA) and American Impressionist Society (AIS), and has earned the distinctions of Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and Eminent Pastelist in the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).
Her award highlights include Third Place Overall in the June 2022 Plein Air Salon as well as multiple category awards in this competition; 2nd Place overall in the 2022 Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 Competition; Silver Medal in the 2019 OPA Western Regional Juried Exhibition; 2nd Place in the 2018 AIS National Juried Show as well as the People’s Choice award in 2014; and multiple BoldBrush awards (Fine Art Studio Online) including First Place in November 2019, Best of Show in March 2015, and many Finalist awards. She has been featured in numerous art publications including Pastel Journal, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Artists Magazine, and Southwest Art, and has served as a contributing writer for some of these publications.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Barbara also lived in Atlanta, Georgia for many years until she yearned for snow and mountains for her landscape subject matter, which prompted her family’s move to Bend, Oregon in 2015.
Barbara is also a popular workshop instructor throughout the US, teaching workshops coast to coast each year.