Barbara Hocker’s work has been described as “peaceful, quiet, and serene”. She currently uses mixed media and digital photography in most of her hand-painted creations which are heavily influenced by her love for water and trees.
A Connecticut-native who cherishes the blissful solitude of being alone in the woods or at the shore, Hocker has received numerous fellowships and awards for her more than two decades of creating and exhibiting her work. She was a 2020 recipient of the Connecticut office of the Arts Artist Fellowship. She has received awards from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, a Creation of New Work Initiative Grant from the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, and an Artist Resource Trust Fellowship from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation. She had solo shows and projects in Hartford, New Haven, Newport, and Boston. Her work is included in the permanent collection of The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan as well as similar hospitals in New York and New Jersey. She has a degree in Fibers from Syracuse University and attended Cranbook Academy of Arts.
Barbara practices Tai Chi meditation and studies East Asian metaphysics and aesthetics, all of which she uses to inform her art practice. Barbara currently lives in Bolton, CT, and her studio is located in Hartford’s Arbor Arts Center.