Barbra Paitich is a Sierra Foothills artist who has used a wide variety of media throughout her life. Her passion for art began when she was a young child. She earned a BA at San Jose State University studying and creating in their renowned arts program.
In her journey with watercolors, ceramics, raising sheep and spinning and weaving fabric she found a passion in silk painting.
Studying welding at Sierra College, she found, in the plasma torch, a means for her to cut organic, free-flowing steel to weld and weave delicate silk with hard-edged metal for a juxtaposition for unique wall art.
She is best known for the vibrant and lush colors, and forms used in her wall art as well as wearable silk wraps and scarves. Her wall art incorporates metal, treated with patina finishes, that have been cut into organic shapes using a plasma torch; to this metal, she adds painted silk to complete the organic vision.
She lives on ten acres in the country, which influences her creations as a blend of shapes, forms, and color for sculptural work.
Her metal work has evolved to include copper and brass jewelry formed and cut into pleasing designs that include dichroic glass accents.
During open studio tours she demonstrates her work by painting on silk and encourages visitors to try their hand at silk painting while visiting.
Barbra is a member of the North Auburn Artist group which has annual Mothers Day Open Studio tours as well as other shows and events throughout the year. She Is a member of Auburn Old Town Gallery. She has displayed art at Blue Line Gallery and Art League of Lincoln with 2nd Place award). She was a member of the Old Town Sacramento coop gallery in the 1990s and early 2000s. She has displayed her work in art walks, Mt. Shasta Black Bear Gallery, Marriott Hotel in Auburn, CA. She has donated art for auction at KVIE and Blue Line Gallery and for many fundraisers.