Barbi Dalton’s charming blend of European-styled landscapes and genteel southern settings has created a strong following among personal collectors who appreciate the inner life she brings to both her oils and watercolors. It is her ability to depict and communicate the emotions elicited by subtle and peaceful moments in time that establishes her as an accomplished multi-media painter.

Dalton is also known for her paintings of reflective figures.The casual elegance of these pieces balance the gesture and expression of the subject with the abstract elements of the composition. Her graceful approach reveals the fragile essence of her subject by capturing a reflective or meditative moment. This kind of Intimate connection often resonates deeply with the viewer on a spiritual level.


After earning a degree in Fine arts from Kansas University, Dalton experimented with a spectrum of artistic endeavors including textile design,commercial photography and graphic arts in New York City. She traveled through Europe to study the Italian masters, and after returning to the states,became an established artist in the Chicago area. When she moved to North Carolina in 1998, Dalton broadened her range through “plein air” painting and working in oil.

Recent Work

Dalton employs a skillful use of Impasto painting in her latest series,”Ebullient Creeks”.This technique of thickly applying with the palette knife,has enabled her to create a powerful and complex water series inspired by years of contemplating the stream that flows by her home .


Barbi Dalton’s active life in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, includes painting, traveling and spending time with her husband and three children. She attributes the strength of her talent and inspiration to God’s presence and her desire to reflect the divine in nature and everyday life. The past two years Barbi has been Director of the OCAG Open Studio Tour that takes place the first two weekends of November. Approximately 83 artists participate.


BFA, Kansas University, 1977

Chicago Academy of Fine Arts,1987

American Artist Magazine Workshop,France 1995

Studied with Fred Weisel,Bill Patterson,Italy,1998

Studied with Jack Beal,Sandra Freckelton, NYC 1997

Scottsdale Art School Workshop 1999,2000

Juried exhibits

2016 Raleigh Fine Arts Exhibit, Raleigh, NC

Carolina’s Got Art Exhibit, Charlotte, NC, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009

The Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, 2010-2015

FALC Annual Exhibit, Cary, NC, 2010

Elder Gallery, Salon Exhibit, Charlotte, NC,  2010, 2009

Studio 91 Fine Arts, Chapel Hill, NC, 2007

Raleigh Fine Arts Annual Exhibit, Raleigh, NC,  2004,  2006

Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC, 2006

Dalton, Gallery Rock Hill, SC, 2005

Cary Fine Arts League of Raleigh, Raleigh, NC, 2005

Visual Arts League of Raleigh, Raleigh, NC, 2004

Annual OCAG Studio Tour, 2004-2015

Permanent Collections

Academy of Trial Lawyers Association, Raleigh, NC

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Museum Cary, NC

Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church Raleigh, NC

Christ Church of Oakbrook Oakbrook, IL

Honors & Awards

Cary Fine Arts VisualArts Purchase Award, NC    2004

Small Paintings Exhibit, First Place Award, NC    2004

International Textile Exhibit, KS    1977


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