Barbara Tabachnick, Artist

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I started taking painting and drawing classes in the late 50s while continuing my undergraduate education in psychology and then again in the mid 60s, while working as a human factors research associate. Painting continued during graduate school in psychology at UCLA and as a professor at California State University, Northridge (see my other Web page, www.csun.edu/~vcpsybxt). In 1976, I fell under the spell of belly dancing and its accompanying costume design and construction. So much for painting....  

Dancing and costuming continued until the early 90s, when writing, consulting, skiing, and so many other things (not to mention age) took over. Now, I’m a retired professor, my books are in the stores, and I’ve gone back to the easel while continuing to consult.

Playing with nature - that’s what my art is about. My identity straddles science and art –  computers provide support for both. Trees, landscapes, cityscapes, and architecture; all are wonderful in their original forms, but what fun it is to let the computer play with them. I also enjoy the process of making art–-like pushing around paint to see where it wants to go.

One of the more interesting features of computer manipulation of photos is the way in which aspects of nature are revealed that are imperceptible to the human eye. Humans have a remarkable ability to filter out nonessential noise; we do it far more efficiently than any computer can.  But sometimes it is those nonessentials that make images most interesting. Interactions between computers and artists can make fascinating art. My background in the study of human perception helps me appreciate the visual ambiguities in shifting figure and ground, which I sometimes find creeping into my work.

So, here are some of my paintings and digital images.