I love to capture personality and the spirit of a person beyond their likeness.  This brings us into the present moment experience with that person.  I often paint the background to create a space more consistent with the message than the one initially captured by a photograph. It is part of how I conceptualize the overall painting to maximize the impact for decades to come.  I also work from several photographs so I can really nail the likeness. Cameras distort and with several images to work from I can overcome that and have enough information to give you that feeling for the person.

I love my portrait by Barbara - it’s positioned by the side of my bed and gives me a smile every time I come into the room. There is something very special and also courageous in taking the step to commission your own artistic portrait - it’s a little- big boost of self-confidence and reconfirmation that we are worth it! And the whole process of working with Barbara could not have been easier - she had come up with the portrait from various profile pictures from Facebook and did everything possible to sort out our international delivery.
— Sasha Kazantseva, Guernesy
Barbara Ferrier used one of my favorite photos of myself from an 80s photo shoot that I once did. I look at it every day, hanging at the foot of my bed and I get a boost of self-esteem. I feel beautiful every time I look at it. I was in a great place in my life when that picture was taken. Barbara did such an incredible job at capturing that picture of me and added a bright element to it.I love my painting and will always have it in a place where I can look at it and be reminded of that time of my life where I felt like I was my best self and know that I will feel that way again.

— Sonja Questad, Seattle
“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”
— Frida Kahlo

Custom Portraits start at:   24 x 18      $2,450            30 x 24     $3,250           36 x 48   7,500

Please e-mail barbara@barbaraferrier.com or call 206 696-8081  to make arrangements and be sure I can accommodate your schedule.



Barbara, this is so beautiful to watch and it had me in tears (of happiness). What an honor to be painted by you. Thank you so much for sharing your talent-it is so inspiring. I also loved the space you paint in. It looks so beautiful.
— Shannon Frid-Ruben Violinist, Cloud Cult