Thea Rossi Barro is a resident of Fairfax County, Virginia. A self-taught artist, for many years she divided her time between practicing law and painting. She prefers to paint en plein air, adding finished touches in her studio.
For the last twenty years, she has exhibited her work in judged and juried shows in the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia areas. She had solo shows in 1997 and 1999 in Arlington, VA and in 2005 and 2009 in Fairfax. Her works hang
in private residences and businesses in the greater D.C. area, as well as private collections around the United States.
She is a member of Springfield Art Guild and the Virginia Watercolor Society. Besides this gallery, Thea's work can be viewed at springfieldartguild.org or by contacting her directly at and .
"Drawing and painting have been my passion from an early age. I grew up in the midwest and began painting
in middle school in oils and pastels. In the early seventies, a Michigan artist introduced me to watercolors. Over the years, I have taken classes from artists at The Smithsonian Institution, Northern Virginia Community College and The Alexandria Torpedo Factory. I have also taken workshops from several Maryland and Virginia artists.
While traveling on painting excursions around the U.S. and Europe I am drawn first to contours: of the landscapes, of the cities and of my fellow travelers. In my smaller works, I combine watercolor and ink, where the lines add a certain spontaneity and definition. For the larger works, I work in either watercolor, acrylic or mixed media. In Italy, where I have painted most often, I am inspired by the sunlight and shadows and the unique way they reflect off of the rich terra cotta tones of the earth. Most of all
it is just being outside, in the natural world that God has designed for us, that I am moved to create."