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Meet Barbara Bayless Lacy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Barbara Bayless Lacy.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Every painting has a story… at least mine do. I discover the stories behind the lonely cabin, the colorful canyon, or the abandoned mission that I paint on canvas.

I look for an interesting trading post, an unexpected rock formation or an ancient ruin to paint in my style, which is colorful and untraditional. That is, I love clean, rich colors and you will see them in my red trees, orange skies, yellow hills, and blue mountains. The colors come together in artworks that my collectors’ say ‘make them happy.’

Although I came to Arizona as a writer, I have become an Arizona artist, painting the Southwest as I see it.

My first career was writing. I wrote for the Arizona Republic and Scottsdale Magazine, and others. I also wrote and produced an award-winning book, “Nanise, A Navajo Herbal,” written when my family and I spent ten years living on the Navajo Reservation.

Now, I study with Robert You at Scottsdale Community College, and I am a member of the Arizona Art Alliance, Arizona Artist Guild, and the Scottsdale Artist League.

I created an all-female art group named, “Just 10” which has exhibited at ASU Gammage Auditorium, Tempe, AZ, WHAM Gallery, Surprise, AZ. and will show at the University Club, Phoenix, in 2020.

I have had solo shows at the Olney Gallery, Phoenix, The Royal Palms Resort, Phoenix, among others.

My painting of an abandoned mission in Southern Arizona, A Padre’s Legacy, was displayed in the Arizona House of Representatives building during 2012, Arizona’s Centennial year.

You can currently find my work at the Wild Holly Gallery, Carefree, AZ (

Please tell us about your art.
It was a surprise when several of my collectors said that they bought my paintings because they made them happy! That just brings me joy.

I look for interesting subjects and paint much of what I discover along my travels in the Southwest.

Oil is my medium, it is expensive and time-consuming, but I love it because oils have a depth, a magical resonance, that connects me with the painters of the past, of the Renaissance. I marvel at how wonderful their works are; they had to make their own paints, brushes, and canvases. I am continually fascinated by their work.

What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I love the way that art can transform people, either by engaging with it or creating their own. I am constantly reminded of the power that art holds when I volunteer with patients living in nursing homes. Working with them, I can watch as they become invigorated and find freedom in their art. All three of the art organizations that I work with offer free art classes for male and female veterans. The results have been heartwarming.

I also admire the gallery’s that have weathered the lean times and have supported their artist’s through thick and thin, just as I admire the collectors who continue to support their favorite artists. We work together for a beautiful world.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I am proud to show my work at the Wild Holly Gallery, Carefree, AZ (, and local venues in the Phoenix area.

Please visit my website:

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Image Credit:
Photography by Jessica Lacy

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  1. Marion Gold (aka Miriam Bat-Rachel)

    June 20, 2019 at 2:56 am

    When I saw Barbara’s very earliest works, I knew she would be successful. Her use of color, her passionate, bold and distinctive style – her view of the Arizona landscape – are mesmerizing!

  2. Carol Brown

    June 20, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I love the vibrant colors and images she created that really reflect the beauty of the Southwest. Congratulations on a successful second career!
    Carol Brown

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