Barbara Reich was born and raised in Michigan. She began to study drawing and painting in 1990, and since 2001, she has been able to follow her hearts true desire and paint full time.
Studying under some of the most wonderfully talented and supportive fine art professionals, they have instilled in her the intense desire to draw better, paint color with more emotion, and always hunt and study the changing light. Reich is a representational painter whose works are based on strong design principles and are referred to as “fresh and original.”
A founding member of Mid-Michigan Plein Air Painters, she divides her time between the studio, figurative work and plein air painting. Reich’s specialty is soft pastel paintings, which are considered one of the purest forms of pigment used in fine art today.
Her work is featured in local, regional and national exhibitions and was honored in 2012 to be asked to participate as an Artist/Demonstrator for our gallery during Elk Rapids Art Beat, as well as the Summer Solstice and Fall Art Walks in Suttons Bay.
Reich is featured in The Best of Michigan Artist & Artisans book series and was awarded 3rd Place in Pastel, and has had two paintings chosen to be included in The Best of America Pastel Artists, Volume II,” which was published at the end of 2009. She has received numerous awards between 2009-2012 and is featured in four local galleries, including Mullaly’s 128 Studio & Gallery in Elk Rapids.