Born and raised in the Midwestern United States she learned to appreciate the beauty and details in the smallest subjects. Growing up in an urban populated inner city she longed to see the open sky vista and vast ocean and landscape terrain. As an adult she began to travel and fulfill her childhood desire to explore, paint, experience areas around.  Barbara has traveled extensively all over the world to gain inspiration for her artwork. In addition to traveling throughout the United States, she has traveled to East Africa, Greece, Italy, France, Barcelona, Spain, Mexico, Turkey, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda.

Artist Statement

Barbara feels her form of communicating with the world is through the expression of art.

She enjoys freely expressing the magnificent abstract and intricate qualities of each subject that inspires her.  Pastels and Watercolors are among nature’s brightest and transparent examples of color. They allow her to create captivating combinations as they shift between high contrasts, complex compositions.

Barbara feels as if nothing compares to capturing the magic in a still life painting, serenity of nature’s full light, or the crisp elegance of the waves reflecting the newly breaking sun, or the sultry charm hiding in shadows of a portrait or the harsh landscape against a gentle sky.  

She combines hyperrealism with vibrant color and abstract forms to put a modern twist on the traditional classic images. With each layer of extraordinary detail and color detail, her intent is to capture the viewer’s curiosity and imagination as the paintings come alive on the surfaces. Each painting is a visual documentation of her journey as a painter.


Barbara’s artwork is now collected nationally and internationally by hospitals, businesses, public art programs and private patrons. She is a Signature member of The Pastel Society of American, a recent graduate of The Business Council for the Arts (North Dallas Chapter). As a Business Council for the Arts Alumni, Barbara works closely with the organization and board to bridge creativity with commerce within the North Texas art community.

Barbara is the owner of Dragonfly Studio Creations Art Gallery/Studio, Ndueseason Greeting Card Company. Barbara is a juried member of The International Guild of Realism, Artist of Texas and other local art organizations. She has exhibited her artwork in Springfield, Peoria, Batavia, Chicago, and Bloomington, IL.; Cleveland, OH.; Atlanta and Norcross GA.; Las Vegas, NV.; Philadelphia, PA.; Wilmington, DE.; Frisco, Dallas, Plano, Southlake, Denton, Irving, Garland, Houston, Clifton and San Antonio, TX.; Wichita, Topeka and Salina, KS.; Detroit, MI.; California; Virginia; New York; New York; Rosemary Beach and Pensacola, FL.; Charleston, SC.; and Albuquerque, NM.; Carefree, AZ.

Pastel Society of the Southwest

Pastel Society of America

Signature Member

Pastel Society of the Southwest

Signature Member

Business Council for the Arts

Graduate Alumna

International Guild of Realism

Juried Member


Interested in learning more about Barbara J.  Mason and Dragonfly Studio Creations? Check out her full resume.