Barbara Lively Mastaglio resides most of the year in Norfolk, Virginia in historic ghent. She also enjoys summers living by the cliffs of Ireland on majestic valentia island. Barbara and her husband, tom, have spent recent years traveling to Ireland to oversee the restoration of their 18th century stone cottage, where space was afforded for an artist's gallery and teaching studio.
From most windows there are views of the north - atlantic ocean, the dingle peninsula and the quaint fishing village of portmagee. The grounds of their hilltop estate boasts panoramic views of sea and land allowing visiting artists and art students constant subjects for their work.
Barbara paints almost exclusively in oils. She follows rembrandt by using different pallet knifes in many of her works to achieve texture and depth, utilizing emotion and color to achieve her desired affect.