Barbara A. Lyman has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Brigham Young University. At BYU she was awarded first place in the Vera Hinckley Mayhew Awards (Fine Arts Division), the Graham Manufacturing Award, the Olena K. Lewis Scholarship, and the Paul Boshard Scholarship in addition to talent awards in 1989, 1998, 1999, and 2002.
She has had solo shows at Springville Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Repartee Gallery, and Peteetneet Gallery and has participated in invitational shows at Arizona Museum for Youth in Mesa, Arizona, and Woodbury Museum of Art, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. Her work is in the permanent collections of Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah; St. George Art Museum, St. George, Utah; and Covey Center for the Arts, Provo, Utah. She has been an art competition juror.
Her work has been shown in national, state, and regional shows including those at Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah; Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, New York; Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, Arizona; Central Arts Collective, Tucson, Arizona; St. George Art Museum, St. George, Utah; and The Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah.
She lives in Utah with her husband and son.
“My paintings carry me along, changing and evolving from the initial vision in my mind to the last brush stroke. It is a fascinating journey seeing just where these paintings lead me, and they sometimes seem to have a mind and will of their own with my hand their eager and many times surprised helper.
“Along with the frustration and seemingly endless work of being an artist comes the elation of painting a work that finally says, ‘This is me—this is who I really am inside!’ My paintings have finally tapped the inner well of my soul, and it is a relief to find beauty there.”