Barbara Meikle is an artist who paints the simple world outside of her door in Tesuque, New Mexico. Meikle has been an artist from childhood, sketching the horses she loved and cared for in order to ride. After earning a BA in painting and printmaking at the University of Denver and working on galleries around the country, she returned to New Mexico in 1990 to pursue her dream of becoming a professional artist. “My painting style is ‘expressive impressionism,’” Barbara says of her unique use of color. “It’s impressionistic, but the color heightens that expression. It’s not natural color but emotional color. It’s how I feel about a subject or a place.”
Color is also an important component of her bronze sculpture. Barbara paints outside as well as in the studio, where she has a view of her corral with live models and mountains east and west. Barbara’s artistic success has allowed her to give back to the animal community that inspires her through donation to equine rescues and animal shelters throughout the Southwest, including Equine Spirit Sanctuary in Taos and the New Mexico Wildlife Center in Española. In addition to her original oil paintings and limited-edition bronze sculpture, Barbara releases a new print annually to benefit a local rescue.