Barbara Deschenes

I became interested in painting at an early age watching my grandmother paint lovely landscapes near Brown County, Indiana.  In high school, working at a friend's family-owned Swiss restaurant (excellent food!) I produced Swiss Alps calendar paintings to decorate the walls (sold cheap!).  I received my A.A. degree majoring in art at Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale.  After marrying and having 2 children, I got back into painting in Orlando with adult ed classes and also at the Maitland Art Center for several years.  When Pierre and I retired to Green Mountain in 1999, I immediately signed up for "Painting In the Mountains" classes with the wonderful Tatiana McKinney and later with Sandra Gates.  Painting with Sandra and the "Wednesday painters" has been a total joy  - giving encouragement and inspiration to each other while learning.  Pierre and I continue to split our time between Orlando and Yancey County.