About Barbara Koepsell
Barbara Koepsell’s childhood home was in nearby Maryland just outside of Washington, DC. Living this close exposed the young girl to the advantages of the many art galleries and cultural events in the area. Many hours were spent roaming the many rooms in the different buildings of art and then the Botanical Gardens and the National Arboretum were also favorites. She did not get into the art field for many years as she went to work for the Department of State, Visa Office, and then was derailed by marriage and children. Her young family moved to Orlando, Florida and when the children were older, then she decided that “now was her time to get into art”. Lydia Quick in Windermere taught her how to paint in oils but she wanted to try another art medium which led to watercolor. This became her art preference and she has done so on her own by way of experimenting, reading and just doing. Watercolor can be challenging but it can be exciting too. The ability to experiment with this medium is tremendous and can lead to many surprises which is exciting, sometimes great results and sometimes disastrous results occur.
Her works have been shown in many of the outdoor art shows throughout Central Florida as well as in Orlando City Hall, the Art Center in St. Petersburg, the Orlando International Airport, many banks, galleries, and private collections of patrons located throughout the United States, England, Germany and Ireland.. She participated in Shows at the Maitland Art Center, Orlando Visual Arts League, The Fifth Avenue Gallery in Melbourne, One-person shows at Leu Gardens, Winter Park University Club, Steinway Gallery, and more.
Barbara is presently a member of the Central Florida Watercolor Society, past President of the Central Florida Art Association and now secretary, and previously belonged to The National League of American Pen Women, Orlando-Winter Park Branch. She held the position of Interim President of this branch for all of 2008 until the new President could take over and was the branch’s historian. She has also belonged to the Florida Watercolor Society, OVAL, and at one time Artists League of Orange County. Besides her family, nothing gives Barbara as much pleasure as painting. Once an idea is formed for a new piece then it is hard to put down the brushes and stop. Many of her ideas come from her own backyard or a nearby neighbors but many pictures are also taken on the many trips she has taken throughout the world with her husband, always carrying a camera to catch what just might later be a good picture.