We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Flagstaff-based wood artist, Michael Barbaric, to learn more about the inspirations behind his art.
"For me, art has always been a way to express myself and make sense of the world around me," Barbaric told us. "I'm constantly inspired by global events and news topics, and I use my art as a way to communicate my thoughts and feelings about these issues."
One of the things that sets Barbaric's work apart is his use of recycled materials. "I'm always on the lookout for discarded wood and other materials that can be repurposed and given new life through my art," he said. "Using recycled materials not only helps to reduce waste, but it also adds an extra layer of meaning and significance to my work."
Barbaric works with his bare hands to shape and mold the wood into the forms he envisions. "I love the feeling of working with my hands and really getting in touch with the material," he said. "There's a level of intimacy and connection that you can't achieve with machines or other tools."
In addition to his passion for sustainability and social issues, Barbaric is also inspired by nature and the outdoors. "I spend a lot of time in nature, gathering materials and inspiration for my art," he said. "I love incorporating elements of the landscape and wildlife into my pieces, and expressing my love and appreciation for the natural world through my art." " I also owe alot to Grandma Penavusa , she was my teacher and great inspiration" Overall, Michael Barbaric is a talented and creative artist whose work is driven by his passions and interests. His unique use of recycled materials and hands-on approach to creating art make his work truly one-of-a-kind and worth checking out. #woodart #localarist #ART35N #Flagstaffart #Grancanyonart #Desertart