Barbara R. Traficonte

Barbara Traficonte, Oil and Pastel Artist

41 Saunders Drive, Waterford, ME 04088   * 207-583-2864  * btraficonte @

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Barbara graduated with a BFA from Douglass College, Rutgers University in 1963.  Her major field was Studio Art and her minor fields were Art Education and American Literature.  After moving to Maine, she continued to take painting classes at MECA in Portland.  She now paints and teaches others to paint.  Barbara lives in Waterford, Maine with her husband.  She shows her work throughout the state and has won numerous awards.  She has studied with the master pastelist Albert Handell and has mentored with him for one year. She has also studied with Michael Ranucci of Auburn, Maine.

Barbara paints in pastel as well as oil and chooses her medium depending on her subject matter and how it speaks to her.  Barbara says,“ I paint en plein air and also in my studio.  Although I enjoy painting still lifes, I am particularly inspired by and attracted to the flowers and landscapes of Maine in all their seasons.”

Continuing Education:      

Albert Handell Workshops: Pastel and Oil

Oct. 2001
Apr. 2000
Mentoring in Pastel 2000-2002

Maine College of Art,  1994- 1999

Oil painting, Pastel, Watercolor

Book Illustration

University of Maine,  1989


Galleries: Camden Falls Gallery,  Camden, ME

100 Aker Wood, 413 Main Street, Norway, ME

WMAG- Main Street Gallery,  426 Main Street, Norway  ME

Maurice Restaurant, So.Paris, ME

Teaching Experience: 

Private classes:  Pastel- 1993-2013

Oil 2005 – ongoing

Watercolor- 1999-2002

Public school Art Ed K – 12

Professional Organizations:

Pastel Painters of Maine

Plein Air Painters of Maine

Professional Picture Framers of America, Assoc. Member

Judging Experience:

Lewiston/Auburn Regional Juried Show

Washington Valley Juried Show

Gallery 302 Miniature Show 2011

Western Maine Art Group -various shows

Awards and Prizes:

Many awards throughout the state of Maine

Best in Show Norway Art Festival 2011

Designed the 1997 Maine Public Television Poster