About the Artists


Barbara Woods is an artist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is known for painted silk using the Gutta Serti technique and encaustic wax painting.  Her silk paintings and encaustic layered silk paintings can be seen online and at juried art shows, nationwide.

Besides painting, Barbara works in clay. She combines the 2 mediums of silk and clay to create exotic lighted sculptures. The ceramic and silk light sculptures have the appearance of chrysalis-stage moths and butterflys and have become a sought-after addition to homes all over the US and Canada.

You can see a video of her painting here. Working in slab-constructed clay, Barbara  carves the bases and bodies of her Chrysalis lighted art forms. Color is added to the ceramics using patinas and paint, matching bases with the painted silk. Light is added using common electrical components and LED bulbs.  The results depict winged creatures, butterfly and moth chrysalises.

2016 Award of Merit - La Quinta Art Festival
2015 and 2008 Best of Show - New Mexico Arts and Crafts Show
2015 and 2007 Best in Medium - New Mexico Arts and Crafts Show
2012 and 2005 Best in Show - Ruidoso Art Festival
2011 and 2010 Artists Choice - New Mexico Arts and Crafts Show
2010 Best in Medium - Austin Art Alliance
2007 Contemporary Design - Fiesta Arts, San Antonio
2007 3rd Place - New Mexico Arts and Crafts Show
2006 and 2005 Best in Category - Ruidoso Art Festival