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About the Artist -Barbara Rios

Art has always been a major part of Barbara’s life. Her art education is primarily devouring art technique books, watching demonstrations, and experimenting with new techniques, textures, mediums and styles (resulted in a wide variety of art work).  If a painting does not meet with her satisfaction, she dumps it in the tub, soaks it, squeezed it, tears it, and creates something new.    Artist Sterling Edwards’ phrase “creative restlessness” sums up her attitude well.

Her most recent experiment was randomly spraying webbing onto watercolor paper and creating a scene with the results.  To view the resulting paintings see the “Whimsies” tab. Not only has this technique expanded on her creativity, it has given her many hours joy.

2014 and 2015 - 1/2 hour shows, Brighthouse TV Network’s Focus Show
2013-2016 - taught five technique demonstrations (1/2 day each), Brevard Watercolor Society

Featured Group (Creative Courtyard Artists):

Three shows, 2016-2018 - “Creative Courtyard Artists”, Art and Antique Gallery

Traveling Wall, 2018, donated painting to nationally-exhibited,

All Veterans of Brevard’s ceremonies.

- Florida Watercolor Society, State of Florida - current
- Brevard Watercolor Society – Brevard County FL - current (numerous Board positions)
- Brevard Cultural Alliance, Brevard County FL - current Artist member
- Central Brevard Art Association, Brevard County FL - current
- Creative Courtyard Artists, local experimental group, Melbourne FL – current
- Art and Antique Studio, Melbourne FL – past co-op member
Special Events
Solo exhibits:

2016, Eau Gallie Library, Melbourne FL
2018 - Merritt Island Library, Merritt Island FL

Featured Artist:

2013 - Art and Antique Gallery, Melbourne FL
2013 - Gray-Robinson Law Firm, Melbourne FL

Brevard Watercolor Society Annual Splash Show:

2016  - Merit Award for “In His Own Little World”
2014 -  First Place Award for “In Her Own Little World”
2012 - Merit Award for “But I’m Not Sleepy”
2010 - Merchandising Award for “Sun-Kissed Flower”

Art and Antique Gallery - October 2018 Judge’s Choice for  “Ruby Reds”

Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge Annual Show: (sponsored by the Brevard Watercolor Society)

2015 - Second  Place for “Misty Morning”
2013 - Merit Award for “Duck Hunting” 
Her paintings are actively displayed throughout Brevard County, Florida as part of the Art in Public Places Program. Brevard County locations include, but are not limited to City Halls - Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay and Rockledge; Public Libraries - Cocoa, Merritt Island and Eau Gallie;   Hospitals - Wuesthoff and Holmes; Lexus Dealership; the King Center; and the Cocoa Beach Country Club.

Barbara’s painting, “Your Brothers Salute You”, depicting a veteran’s flag-draped casket being carried by a horse-drawn carriage, is a permanent part of the All Veterans of Brevard’s Traveling Wall which continuously exhibits across the United States.

Barbara’s web address is and may be reached at

Commissions are welcomed.