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About The Artist


I am from Brooklyn, New York.  As a young person I  studied art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.   I also loved dance and  was awarded scholarships to study at Skidmore College, California State University, Brooklyn College and the New School of Social Research.   After school I combined the two by being a performance artist in NYC where I collaborated with other dancers and artists to create performance art.  While I was raising my son, I opened a dance school on Long Island and performed with Frank Hatchett Dancers at Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan.   When I moved west my focus was completely on  painting  where I studied under accomplished artists and Ateliers on the west coast.

My paintings are shown in galleries in New York City, Florida,  Seattle and California  My first show in  at Phillips Gallery of Fine Art, San Jose, CA was sold out.   Commissions by collectors and designers followed.    My recent solo show in New York City  was entitled “Dancer’s Palette”.  My artwork is also shown  in Malibu, California,  Florida,  Washington and  The Museum of Contemporary Art in London. My paintings are in office buildings, corporate headquarters and fine residences.  In 2016, my painting “Tumbleweed Corona” was a one of ten finalists out of 600 entrees from around the world  in the New York Art Expo Poster Contest.  In 2017, my painting “Teetering In Harmony” was also selected for New York Art Expo Poster Contest as one of 10 finalists.  Summer 2016, I was selected to be an artist for  “Piano in the Parks” public art event in Seattle and  for the Bemis Art Center Spring Show.  I am  the Art Chairperson for the Tacoma Dome District, in Tacoma, WA . January 2017, I was selected from a call to teach a painting workshop at the Tacoma Art Museum for the “30 Americans” exhibition.  I am a curator of other artist’s work as well as my own, and love business almost as much as art.

My paintings have been used by ballet companies for their studios and as set design backdrops.  Authors have used my art work for 4 book covers.  I continue to work with collectors and designers creating commissioned artworks independently and through representatives.  My book “Dancer’s Palette” is available on Amazon.com.   I  live Washington State and California with my husband and two shih tzus.   Painting in my studio and taking dance class and yoga are my daily rituals.

Galleries and Exhibitions 

  • Phillips Gallery of Fine Art, Kirkland, WA
  • Mercer Island Art Gallery, Mercer Island, WA
  • Axis Gallery- Seattle, WA Group Show
  • Phillips Gallery of Fine Art, San Jose, CA
  • Art Expo New York 2015
  • Flower and Hewes, Malibu, CA
  • L’Excellence Design Center, Miami, Florida
  • Wellington Masters, Wellington, Florida
  • Lanyon 36 Gallery, New York City
  • Art Vault Unlimited LLC
  • Museum of Contemporary Art , London
  • Sansa Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
  • Gallerie Misto, Belleair Bluffs, Fl
  • Art Basel, Miami 2015
  • Best of Gage,Gage Academy of Art,  2015
  • Best of Gage, Gage Academy of Art, 2016
  • Bemis Arts Center 2016
  • “Pianos in the Park” Seattle, WA 2016
  • Awards:
  • Art Expo New York 2016 Poster Challenge Finalist
  • Art Expo New York 2017 Poster Challenge Finalist

Collectors of Barbi Leifert artwork include:

  • The Nordstrom Family, Seattle, WA
  •  Prunty Family, Palo Alto , CA
  •  Penski Family, Mercer Island, WA
  • Dr Ben Podemski, Seattle, WA
  • Diana Sheridan, Snoqualmie, WA
  • Mara and Larry Lawrence, La Jolla, CA
  • Dr. And Mrs. Greg Schroedl, Mercer Island, WA
  • Andy Mansell, Seattle, WA
  • Lisa and Wallace Yallup, Kirkland, WA
  • Michelle and Mark Buchanan, Seattle, WA
  • Tom and Cynthia Captain, Mercer Island, WA
  • Dr. Barry Morguelan, Los Angeles,CA
  • Sandy Vilas, Steamboat Springs, Co
  • Dr. Gregory Guyman, Mercer island, WA
  • Maureen Dowd, Seattle, WA
  • Cheryl Michaels, Sammamish, WA
  • Zanne Lanyon Wittson, NJ
  • Tawn and Mel Auston, Miami, FL
  • Lisa Orberg, NYC
  • Patty Jordan, Bellevue, WA
  • Grayson Handy, NYC
  • Susan Ministeri, Long Island
  • Federal Way Boys and Girls Club
  • Eva and John Stephanous, Bellevue, WA
  • Erika Cianciulli, Long Island
  • Darren and Kay Bowman, Bellevue, WA
  • Alexandra Collard, Monterey, CA
  • Dr. Constance Mao, Seattle, WA
  • Erik Morris, Seattle, WA
  • Patrica Vaccarino, Seattle, WA
  • Trica Stromberg, Seattle,WA
  • The Fellman’s Aspen, CO.
  • Edward L. Bruce, WA

Visual Artist credits:

  • Video producer – “In Rehearsal” featuring David Storey at Broadway Dance Center, NYC
  • Video producer – “Without Your Love” featuring Los Angeles based A Capella singing group M-Pact
  • Book Covers: “Medicine Wheel” by Alexandra Collard
  • Dancer’s Palette by Barbi Leifert
  • Film producer – Roam the Dome, Tacoma, WA