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Barbara Van Arnam works and lives in the foothills of the Sierra east of Fresno, California. This proximity to open woodlands and the wildlife inhabiting the area influences the imagery in her paintings. Myths of various cultures inform her art, as she works in oil, acrylic, pastel and multi-media materials.

An award-winning artist, Van Arnam has exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in Russia, United Arab Emirates, and Armenia. Her work has been featured in numerous catalogues including The National Museum for Women in the Arts, The Fresno Art Museum, and The Alexandria Museum of Art. Publications distributed by Papier Mache Press include; In the Garden of Our Own Making, by Barbara Sperber, and Full Moon: Reflections on turning Fifty, by Susan C. Hauser