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About Barbara Meadows-May

While growing up in West Virginia, Barbara Meadows-May gained a great love for wildlife and beautiful scenery.  After living in Colorado for a number of years, she now resides in Virginia and spends much of her time in her secluded mountain studio on Big Walker Mountain.  It is here that her heart and life most intertwine while studying wildlife and its habitat.


Barbara began serious art training in 1971 while living in Oklahoma.  She trained under two professional artists, Robert Lougheed and James Boren, and soon began pursuing her own career in professional painting.


In recent years, her paintings have been in several national juried wildlife competitions and are represented in galleries nationwide as well as in the countries of Germany and Denmark.  Thirty-four of Barbara's paintings have been selected for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources wildlife calendar - and many of these painting were the calendar covers for 1989, 1995, 2005, 2014 and 2015.  Her most prestigious award was "Best in Show" for waterfowl in the 1989 Ducks Unlimited National Wildlife Art Show in Kansas City, Kansas.


Barbara is a generous supporter of Ducks Unlimited and other organizations by donating her art work for chartiable auctions.  "It is my hope that my art may bring people closer to the awesome, but fragile, beauty of nature."

1999-2015 Signature Member of the Women Artists of the West 


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  • Noteworthy


  • 2015

    • Art selected for cover of West Virginia Wildlife Calendar

      • Since 1989, thirty four painting have been included in this media with five receiving the coveted calendar cover.

  • 2007    

    • Commissioned by New River Community College, Dublin VA to commenerate The Learning Park.  Painting used as cover for college catalogs and official notecards.

  • 2003

    • Art featured by the Women Artists of the West Western Art Show at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Musuem, Simi Valley, CA

  • 2002

    • W.S. Hart Museum, Simi Valley, CA

  • 1997

    • Mitchell Museum, Trinidad, CO, Santa Fe Trail Days, First Place Water Media

  • 1995

    • Sponsor Print for West Viginia Ducks Unlimted (Kathy's Painting)

    • The Nebraska Governor's Invitational Wildlife Show

  • 1994

    • Sponor Print for West Virginia Ducks Unlimted (Spring Duel)

    • The Nebraska Governor's Invitational Wildlife Show

  • 1993

    • Western and Wildlife Art Show, Estes Park, CO

    • Featured Artist, Greeley Stampede Art Show, Greeley, CO

  • 1991

    • Seven State Regional Art Show, Cheyenne, WY

  • 1990

    • Anchorage Audubon Wildlife Show, Juror Charles Frace Merit Award, Anchorage, AK

  • 1989

    • National Ducks Unlimited Wildlife Show, Kanasa City, KS, "Best of Show" Waterfowl

  • 1988

    • The Greeley Stampede Art Show, First Place Water Media, Greeley, CO

  • 1987

    • "Best and The Brightest" Scottsdale Art School, Scottsdale, AZ

  • 1986

    • Sangre DeCristo Art and Conference Center, Pueblo, CO

  • 1985

    • Oklahoma Wildlife Art Festival, Tulsa, OK

    • Northern Colorado Invitational, Greeley, CO - First Water Media

    • Anchorage Audubon Wildlife Show, Juror - Guy Coheleach

  • 1983

    • Twelve Illustrations "Weld County Old and New" Chronology 1836-1983


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