August 2021 Featured Artist – Barbara Burzillo

Barbara Burzillo


“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set it free” Michelangelo


Describe your primary medium and describe why you’ve chosen it for your artwork.

When I began sculpting I experienced an immediate familiarity, a palpable sensation that I had done it before.   I am not sure if I chose this medium or if it chose me.  I find the tactility, range of techniques and complexity of working in three dimensions stimulating.

Did you teach yourself or do you have a formal education?

Many generous mentors have helped me along my artistic journey.  Navigating the challenges associated with sculpting and bronze casting has kept me in a perpetual state of exploration and education.

What other media have you used?

Though I am primarily a sculptor, I have experimented with many mediums. I also enjoy painting and drawing.

How much time do you devote to your artwork?

I am a fulltime artist.  I am in the studio or shop daily.  As a bronze artist, I spend a significant amount of time in my metal shop in addition to preparing clay models and molds.  I also spend time at the foundry and galleries.

What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?

I have been blessed to share very personal and spiritual moments with strangers because of what my art made them feel.  I am truly thankful for all of those special moments.

What are your sources for ideas and inspiration?

I am influenced by everything around me.  I am currently creating for a September exhibition I call “Shoeluccinations”.  The exhibition features sculptures that began as shoes.

Do you know what the finished artwork is going to be when you start? Do you ever just work from spontaneous impulse?

Planning is required on my more complex sculptures.  My paintings are a collaboration between me and the medium.

Do you have a philosophy about producing art?

Creating is not a choice for me. It is like breathing to me. I never want to stop.

Do you show your work commercially?  If so where? 

My work is available online at, at Ghostwolf, Wild  Hearts, Jezebel, and Off the Beaten Path galleries and events.

What advice would you give aspiring artists entering the field?

Be grateful every day for your creative gift. I would also recommend taking the business side of art seriously.  There are so many incredibly talented people out there you must be willing to take care of business. Be authentic.

Barbara Burzillo
Placitas, NM
(505) 228-3199