Barbara Tapp

Barbara Tapp graduated in Interior Design from Sydney, Australia and moved to San Francisco in the early 1980s. Barbara’s career spans 30 years as an architectural renderer and travel book illustrator.

Drawing and sketching is a key foundation in Barbara’s sensitive watercolors. Her energetic Plein Air urban and seascape paintings are finely drafted perspective driven works. Her focus is telling a story and often a title will come to mind when she selects a scene to paint. Barbara’s paintings are keen observations of life with a fine eye for detail. Barbara continues to paint daily and competes regularly throughout the year in exhibitions and Plein Air events. She is a Signature Member of California Plein Air Painters and Juried Member of Watercolor West.

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Barbara’s work was featured in our February 2018 show, Barbara Tapp: 31 Days in West Berkeley. Visit the show page here…

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California Gold in Pescadero

2019. Watercolor on paper, 12″ x 16″.
$2,250 framed.

Standing Proud, Pink House. Fifth & Allston, Berkeley

2019. Watercolor on paper, 10 1/4″ x 14 1/4″.
$1,500 framed.

Urban Forest

2017. Watercolor on paper, 6 7/8″ x 14 3/4.” Framed in No. 143 CV—2”, walnut (clear) with a 23kt slip. $1,200.

Morning Calm-Tomales Bay

2018. Watercolor on paper, 7 1/4” x 13 1/2.” $600 unframed.

Thanx4nothing I

2017. Watercolor on paper, 7 1/8″ x 14 3/8.” Framed in No. 1—2”, walnut (clear) with a 23kt slip. $950.

Factory Chatter

2017. Watercolor on paper, 7 1/2″ x 15.” Framed in No. 2.1 CV Spcl—2”, Walnut (clear) with a 23kt slip. $1,100.

Gone to Work

2017. Watercolor on paper, 6 7/8″ x 14 3/4.” Framed in No. 2.1—2”, walnut (clear) with a 23kt slip. $1,100.

After the Storms (Capitola Beach)

2017. Watercolor on paper, 12 1/2” x 19 3/4.” Framed in No. 320 CV—1” in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain). $1,350.