Goldberg finds inspiration in the Phoenix Art Museum | Online features


ARt theorist Anton Ehrenzweig observed: “Abstract art has helped us experience the emotional power inherent in pure form. Scottsdale artist Barb Goldberg intuitively began her career as a painter after many years in American business.

Growing up in Philadelphia, Goldberg was introduced to her family’s creative roots through her mother’s meticulous fashion sense and learning her grandmother’s hobby as a milliner.

Despite her creative daydreams, Goldberg began her professional career as a special education teacher. Five years later, she returned to ASU to earn a master’s degree in commerce, which allowed her to take a job at a Fortune 500 company.

The corporate world has been his place of work for the rest of his career.

“Some say that after spending years focusing on the left side of our brain, a long-awaited aspiration to spend time in our right brain follows. Turning to the fine arts is a perfect solution to the aspiration, ”said Goldberg.

Goldberg retired from the Fast Track career a few years ago, bringing his attention to his intuitive and contemplative right brain.

“I welcomed a chance to continue in business with no rules and no requirements,” Goldberg said.

To this end, she enrolled in several painting classes at Scottsdale Community College, where she was able to paint in an open studio with other artists.

“I learned so much from osmosis, reviews and my teacher Robert You. I am honored to be in her studio class, ”she said.

During the initial pandemic shutdowns, Goldberg retreated to her cabin garage in Munds Park, attending classes virtually via Zoom and Facebook. The group provided support and inspiration.

“I can say that my inspiration also comes from photos, thoughts, an object, a place or the colors of light during the day.

“I always know where I’m going when I face the blank canvas. Like life, the finished product often ends up in a different place.

On the rare occasion when a rejuvenation of ideas is needed, Goldberg visits the Phoenix Art Museum, art exhibitions, bookstores or searches online resources for historical artists and fashion shows. All of them keep the promise to grow the next inspiring idea.

“As an abstract artist, the muse that animates the image is almost impossible to explain. It comes from a place of soul, ”she said.

“When customers connect to a room, they connect to me. I consider it a great honor to have an image alive in their home or office; we become a family.

To view a selection of Goldberg’s work, visit the Galleria of Floors showroom, 4848 E. Cactus Road in Phoenix, where she maintains a permanent exhibition space. She is also a member of the Sonoran Arts League and participates in her annual Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour every November. For more information, visit

View a selection of works by artist Goldberg at or contact her at [email protected]


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