Barbara Ortiz

New Smyrna Beach, Florida



Those moments when you see a splash of light on an object or the violet haze of a foggy morning or the orange glow of a humid, summer sunset - those are Barbara’s inspirations.

Barbara works primarily in oil and pastel. Her paintings are representational and she often works in plein air. She enjoys the freshness and immediacy of working on location. Her feeling is that working outside affords her the opportunity to engage her senses. She says that nature helps to feed the feeling of the painting.

Barbara says, her desire is to capture what she initially had a strong visual and emotional response to as well as to convey in her chosen medium that moment in time. “There is nothing like being able to breathe life into my visual thought with brush and paint.”

Barbara took life drawing classes in the North Jersey Art Center while in high school. She studied fine art at Monmouth College and Fairleigh Dickenson University.

In 1984, Barbara moved to Cancun, Mexico where she resided until 1994. During that time, she owned and operated an interior decorating business. Upon returning to the United States, Barbara, along with her husband and two children, settled in Florida. 

Barbara resumed studying oil painting and pastel. She began painting plein air in 2011. Plein air painting beautifully joined her love of painting with her love of the outdoors.

Barbara has participated in a number of invitational shows and paint outs. She has been recognized with awards for her work in both pastel and oil.

 See her website at https://www.barbaraortiz.com/

Barbara's Painting Stations

    • 20 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists. 


    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 20 Mar 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists. 


    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 20 Mar 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists. 


    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 21 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Marion Millender Park, Eastpoint, FL
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists.

    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 21 Mar 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Marion Millender Park, Eastpoint, FL
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists.

    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 21 Mar 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Marion Millender Park, Eastpoint, FL
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists.

    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 23 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Marine Street Pavilion, 701 Marine St., Carrabelle, FL
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists. These opportunities are intended for beginners and first time painters, if you already paint "en plein air", please do not book a session, allowing someone new to have the  experience.


    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 23 Mar 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Marine Street Pavilion, 701 Marine St., Carrabelle, FL
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists. These opportunities are intended for beginners and first time painters, if you already paint "en plein air", please do not book a session, allowing someone new to have the  experience.


    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 23 Mar 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Marine Street Pavilion, 701 Marine St., Carrabelle, FL
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists. These opportunities are intended for beginners and first time painters, if you already paint "en plein air", please do not book a session, allowing someone new to have the  experience.


    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 24 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Welcome Center, 102 Canal Pkwy, Mexico Beach, Florida
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists.

    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Note: All of Forgotten Coast en Plein Air events run on Eastern time, so events in Mexico Beach will be one hour earlier than local time. For example, an event starting at 2:00pm Eastern, will actually start at 1:00pm Mexico Beach (Central) time. 

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 24 Mar 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Welcome Center, 102 Canal Pkwy, Mexico Beach, Florida
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists.

    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Note: All of Forgotten Coast en Plein Air events run on Eastern time, so events in Mexico Beach will be one hour earlier than local time. For example, an event starting at 2:00pm Eastern, will actually start at 1:00pm Mexico Beach (Central) time. 

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 24 Mar 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Welcome Center, 102 Canal Pkwy, Mexico Beach, Florida
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists.

    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Note: All of Forgotten Coast en Plein Air events run on Eastern time, so events in Mexico Beach will be one hour earlier than local time. For example, an event starting at 2:00pm Eastern, will actually start at 1:00pm Mexico Beach (Central) time. 

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 25 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists. 


    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 25 Mar 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists. 


    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

    • 25 Mar 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL
    • 1
    Register
    Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is committed to everyone getting a chance to join in the plein air excitement. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity.  Plein Air Painting Stations are "one on one" painting experiences where you are "coached" by professional artists. 


    Meet at the designated location no later than the start time indicated. All supplies will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. Bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent.

    Please thank the Ambassadors, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and our Sponsors.... because without them this would not be possible!

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