Barney, Cassandra Christensen.. paints personal visual narratives. Her paintings quietly depict
stories about love, gratitude, sorrow, and hope. The themes are not unique solely to the artist
however, as they call forth universal experiences about life. As such, Barney’s paintings
simultaneously ask the viewer to attend to both the specific and the relational. In fact, via her
blog, Barney frequently asks viewers of her work to respond to issues and questions that she is
investigating in her art. She is passionate about her art, but she considers the relationships that
she builds in life the sustaining and creative force behind that passion. Therefore, the stylized
figures in each of her works are largely based on unique self-reflection in response to that which
is not the self.
Cassandra enjoys the hot, arid summers of Utah and the lushness of her garden. A tremendous colorist, she is inspired by her environment, the liveliness of her home and frequent travels. She is a mother of three beautiful girls. Her husband, Daniel, is also an artist and educator and considers himself her biggest fan. "Our home life is very much saturated with making art, utopia is when we are all creating together. I think it is ideal to be able to have the thing that we love, art making, be a part of our lifestyle. It could be selfish pursuit, but instead it is something that we share."
Cassandra Barney received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Brigham Young University in 2000. Her artwork can be seen in galleries across the United States.