Irene Worthington Baron



 Irene Baron began a decade of formal art studies in charcoal and pastel at age eight when awarded First Prize in the Zanesville AAUW Art Contest. She sold her first oil painting by age 12. At age 13 she was commissioned to restore paintings on antique furniture. By age 15 Baron was presenting 30-minute art programs on WHIZ-TV for the Zanesville Art Center. Having studied ceramics 360+ hours under Henry Paulin PhD, she is proficient in glaze production, 1-3 piece molds, and most clay techniques. She has displayed her creations in numerous juried exhibitions and judges art exhibitions. Currently Baron teaches Classical Drawing at the Zanesville Museum of Art. She said, “Drawing is something anyone can learn with correct training.”

Baron, a private pilot, is an national award winning aerial photographer and author/illustrator of the national award winning book, Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery available at She also illustrated The Circus Clown Alphabet - An Illustrated Book which is no longer in print.

Dr. Charles Dietz, former Director of the Zanesville Art Center, stated, “Irene is the first artist in Zanesville history to earn exhibition rights in every category during one major juried exhibition.


The Christmas mural for Coburn UM Church in Zanesville, at the left, was completed in 2017. The mural, 11'H X 6'W, was painted using acrylics. A work/notebook documenting the procedure from concept to completion was displayed for examination at a 17 December hour-long presentation in the church sanctuary. When asked why the colors seemed to glow, the answer was the multiple use of clear, tinted glazes. In some instances, 20+ glazes were used. Each layer of the glaze reflects and refracts the light creating deep, rich colors.

The lower image is a detail of Mary and the Christ Child. The colors of His halo represent the Holy Trinity.





















Banded agate & agate series includes this turquoise painting. This was constructed with watercolor, colored pencil, India ink and 24K gold.
This finished painting is 23"X33"




Baron completed the Circus Clown Alphabet Book with 27 India ink illustrations. Below are the B for ball illustration and W for wire.


Baron is in the process of completing art for The Angel Alphabet Book.  The art work is India ink, water color, acrylic and 24K gold in foil and imbedded in paint.
Paintings are on illustration board, Hot press, 400 lb 22"X33." Below is Balaam and a segment of the alphabet Christmas star painting.