Artist Barbara Ogarrio donates paintings to Southwestern Seminary
Internationally-known artist Barbara Ogarrio will unveil “The Promise of His Return,” one of 24 paintings inspired by End Times prophecy and the book of Revelation. The official unveiling will take place in the A. Webb Roberts Library on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, May 4 at 10:30 a.m.
The work of Ogarrio, a Fort Worth native who graduated from Paschal High School and Texas Wesleyan University, has been featured in International Artist, Pastel Journal, and Pastel Artist International. She works mostly in pastels, but sometimes uses oils and acrylics.
Ogarrio entered the gallery scene after teaching art and raising her family in Half Moon Bay, Calif., for 24 years. She sold her first painting at the age of 55-years-old in a small gallery in Half Moon Bay. The Ogarrios left California and took up residence in Whitney, Texas, two years ago.
“Looking back, it seems that I have really been training all my life to arrive at this point to do the most significant work I have ever done,” Ogarrio said.
Her Revelation series was first created on computer beginning in 1993, and then committed to canvas between 2000 and 2003. Mrs. Ogarrio chose to give Southwestern Seminary the paintings as a show of appreciation for the seminary’s commitment to the Christian faith.
“These twenty-four contemporary art paintings by Mrs. Barbara Ogarrio, featuring apocalyptic themes from the apostle John’s Revelation, are a powerful testimony of God’s eternal purposes of righteous judgment and salvation in the midst of our fallen world,” Southwestern Seminary’s Dean of Libraries Berry Driver said. “How fitting that they are displayed in Roberts Library, where their grand subjects are regularly researched. I have enjoyed unfolding the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus whenever I provide a guided tour of these magnificent paintings.”
The paintings will be on display in the Roberts Library--their permanent location--and viewing is open to the public. The media are invited to the unveiling. The artist will be available for interviews. For library hours, call 817-923-1921 ext. 4000.
For guided tours of the Ogarrio collection, contact Berry Driver at 817-921-1921, ext. 2770.