Barbara Mandel

Barbara Mandel has been a watercolor painter for over 20 years. She has a BA in Painting/Studio Arts from the University of Rochester, including a year of study in Paris. In Washington, DC Barbara began studying watercolor with Dr. Bernard Levy in the early ‘80s. The spontaneous, fresh, soft feel of watercolor has captivated her ever since. In memory of Dr. Levy, Barbara and four other painters established the “Levy Watercolor Group.” The group has painted together for 20 years and exhibited at the Rock Creek Gallery in Washington, DC in July 1998.

Barbara is also a certified art teacher and a registered, Board certified art therapist. She has helped children express themselves through art in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, day treatment centers, community centers and public and private schools. Barbara was an art teacher at Lowell School, an independent lower school in Washington, DC for14 years. She is currently the Middle School art teacher at The Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland.

Barbara’s teaching schedule has allowed her to devote summers to painting and travel. Amongst her favorite subjects are the flora and fauna of Costa Rican rainforests, the painted deserts of the Southwest, and the lush greenery and waters of Maine and Vermont. Local landscapes, such as Rock Creek Park and the Potomac River are also sources of inspiration.

Barbara Mandel can be contacted through e-mail at or by phone at 301/656-1648.

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