My background is fine art and commercial art.  I have had a sign business, Tacoma Signwriters, for decades.  Art was my major in high school and fine art in college.  I was offered a scholarship in college based on art and 4.0 GPA.  My first job after college was graphic artist and illustrator.  I soon began studying sign painting and became the sign painter, then to advance my skill, I entered apprenticeship studies in Seattle.  I was the first and only woman sign painter certified by the Union in the State of Washington.  However, oil painting was always my passion, although commercial signs made a good living.  In 2002 through 2004, I worked full time and went to school full time in Seattle at SAFA/GAGE.  Since 2003, I have been involved in monthly critique salons with my most appreciated Mentor, Charles Emerson who was so fortunate to study at Yale and with Josef Albers.

Barbara(Bobbie) Ritter|Tacoma|Artist