Barbara H. Rabkin
I am essentially a self-taught artist.
I am a mother to three sons and grandmother to three lovely young ladies.
I earned a BA in political science at George Washington University and a BS in Nursing from Columbia University. I had a rewarding career as a volunteer and development professional in the Jewish community and women's health care in Cincinnati.
My husband and I moved from Cincinnati OH in 2008 to Boquete, Panama, where I continued to teach art. I was invited to show my art throughout Panama. My work is in private collections in the US and Panama.
I was born in Atlantic City in 1945, where my father was stationed in the Army as a physician. At the end of the war, we returned to Cincinnati, where I was raised, the youngest of three daughters. Ours was a closely knit and loving Jewish family; we celebrated Shabbat and holidays with our extended family. Our home was filled with beautiful art, many books, a love of Israel. We traveled together across the country and to Europe and Israel.
My mother enrolled us in art classes at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and noted and encouraged my artistic bent. I spent hours painting at my easel, crafting projects learned in the Brownies, and designing and sewing doll clothes.
At Walnut Hills High School my art teacher, Dorothy Dobbins, encouraged me to be adventurous and fearless in my art.
As an adult, I have continued studying art privately and in non-matriculating classes offered by art academies, community colleges, and universities.
Now smack in the middle of my eighth decade, I am still making art, learning and trying new forms of artistic expression. Picasso said, "Every child is an artist..." I say, "Art keeps you young."