Barbara Testa is a New England watercolor artist whose realistic work includes many landscapes and floral paintings. She is known for her vivid colors and varied subject matter.A lifelong love of art led Barbara to pursue formal studies in painting, drawing and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has also studied with Dale Myers, Janet Walsh, John Salminen, and Lian Quan Zhen.Barbara enjoys painting the New England countryside, with its many farms and back roads providing almost unlimited subject matter for her to capture the changing color of the seasons. Travels through Italy and Japan has allowed Barbara to capture the essence and beauty of the countryside in watercolor. Several of Barbara’s paintings were selected by Walt Disney Productions for set decoration in the movie "Dan in Real Life", filmed in Jamestown and Newport, RI.Her watercolors are in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. She has exhibited at the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Arnold Mills Community House, Attleboro Arts Museum, Newport Art Museum, Foxboro Art Association and many New England art shows and festivals.Barbara has received numerous awards for her works from several art museums and associations. She is a Signature and Lifetime Member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society where she served as a Board Member and Vice-President, and was honored as“2008 Member of the Year”.