Barbara Schaffner Hack

“Enshroud”, oil on canvas, 12″x9″, 2022, SOLD

“It’s a Man’s World”, oil on canvas, 21″x22″, 2021
“IN Part together”, oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″, 2021


Barbara Hack’s work is an ongoing reflection on people and their emotions. Working predominantly in painting mediums, Barbara relishes the challenge of realistic portraiture, and her subject matter reflects her love for figurative work. But she pushes beyond realism, as well, in her desire to capture resonant moments in time. Her work pursues figures from the past with their moods and their contexts. Ephemeral figures are momentary presences that are nonetheless powerful enough to make lasting, even shaping, impressions. Barbara attempts to understand these figures and their ephemerality and to share that understanding with others.

Barbara received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting after intensive study in Europe and additional training in New York. Since then, she has continued to harness her artistic talents to drive her professional career. Work in portraiture, fashion illustration, and as a courtroom artist have all allowed Barbara to challenge herself with alternative contexts for figurative artistry, and in a variety of mediums, including graphite, pastels, prismacolor and oils. Barbara teaches fine art classes to teens and adults. Her love of art and her desire to create quality art for herself is a wonderful influence on her students.


BFA Painting and Drawing, Aquinas College

Summer Providence-in-Europe Program

FIT Winter Program, Fashion Illustration

additional training

Master Class with David Kassan

Master Class with Tina Garrett

Workshop with Michael Mentler

Workshop with Karen Offutt

Workshop with Michael O’keefe

Workshop with Bonny Leibowitz

Workshop with Jay Bailey

Workshop with Mitsuno Reedy


Portrait Society of America

Oil Painters of America

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

exhibitions & awards

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Online Spring Show | 2020

International Guild of Realism Online Show | 2020

Chandor Gardens PSOA Portrait Exhibition | 2019

Rehs Gallery- I Observe Show | March 2019

Biennial Portrait Competition – Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art | 2019

American Woman Artists 2019 Spring Online Show – Award of Merit

Allied Artists Show- Salmagundi Club | 2019

Wausau Contemporary Museum of Art – Painting the Figure Now Exhibition | 2019

Art Renewal Center finalist – two paintings | 2019

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Spring Show | 2018

National Oil & Acrylic Painters International Online Show | 2018

Wausau Contemporary Museum of Art – Painting the Figure Now Exhibition | 2018

Annual National Juried Exhibition – Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art | 2018

Texas Portrait Society of America Show – Breckinridge Fine Arts Center | 2018

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Best of America Show- Eiselle Gallery | 2018

Aquinas College Wege Center – Grand Rapids, MI

Gallery 28 Solo Exhibit – Grand Rapids, MI

Gallery 154 Solo Exhibit – Grand Rapids, MI

Festival of the Arts – Grand Rapids, MI

50 Penn Place – Oklahoma City, OK

Best of the Best Show – Oklahoma City, OK

Edmond Art Association Exhibit – Edmond, OK

Framemaster Gallery Duo exhibition – Edmond, OK

Cross Timbers Art Gallery – Highland Village, TX

Lewisville Art Guild – Lewisville, TX

Fort Worth Community Arts Center – Fort Worth, TX

Hull Art Academy – Portrait Society of America Face Off | October 2017

Irving Arts Center Regional Show 2017 – First Place Oil Painting

The Lore Degenstein Gallery of Susquehanna University: Ninth Annual National Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition and Exhibition – 2017

Finalist in Portrait Society of America | 2017

Arthouse- Flower Mound, TX