IRENE WORTHINGTON BARON - ARTIST
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Irene Baron began a decade of formal art studies in charcoal and pastel at age eight when awarded the 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 about African art on WHIZ-TV in her home town of Zanesville for the Zanesville Art Center.
Having studied ceramics 360+ hours under Henry Paulin Ph.D., 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.
Baron continues to periodically teach Classical Drawing at the Zanesville Museum of Art. She said, “Drawing is something anyone can learn with correct training.”
A private pilot, Irene Baron is also a national award-winning aerial photographer. She illustrated the national award-winning book, Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery available at Amazon.com. 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."
HOLY FAMILY MURAL
Located in Coburn UM Church in Zanesville, Ohio, the mural 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 uses of clear, tinted glazes. In some instances, 20+ layers of glaze 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 the art for The Angel Alphabet Book. The artwork is India ink, watercolor, acrylic and 24K gold in foil and imbedded in the paint. Paintings are on illustration board, Hotpress, 400 lb 22"X33." Below are Balaam to the left and a segment of the alphabet Christmas star painting.