"Artist Barbara Kacicek's luscious and lusty painting 'Pomegranate Moon', a superb metaphor on female empowerment, is so deliciously and explicitly erotic that it is virtually impossible to resist its heady allure. A lustily bitten pomegranate wedge lies beneath a bright crescent moon.  Resplendently showing off her red fruity core, the pomegranate teases us into gazing at her raw earthy center. She seems to almost be taunting us, See here ladies (and gents), I did this on my own. Look around. This ain't your grandma's Garden of Eden. And there's no Adam here. So ladies, go forth. Thrive. Conquer. Endure. The moon, for her part, shines down in glowing admiration at her perfectly shaped, perfectly aligned crescent counterpart, allowing the earthy pomegranate to bask in her glow. After all, she is so worthy."

"I love the way you see the world. Your paintings are imbued with poetry and sensuality and this essence of pureness and wholeness that I scarcely know how to put into words. They are simply sublime."

“Your work is profound. You are above and beyond this realm. You are not of this world.”

“You're a seam of gold waiting to be found. All art aspires to the condition of music - but yours doesn't aspire any longer - it somehow has choirs behind it.”

“You draw and paint as if you are blessed by da Vinci and Michelangelo.”

“The drawing is just beyond words. Every piece is. They are all in my room for constant meditation - and I am sure they exert a very strong energy between themselves and create their own environment - they are on all walls, standing, leaning, hung...and speaking in tongues.”

“... haunting me ... "Tear of the Moon" ... surely it's some sort of alchemy to turn burnt wood into this....”

“I've never wanted to buy art before I saw yours.”

“I'm starting to equate your drawings with Renaissance museum pieces - they should be owned by no one but should be in everyone's head.”

“Your paintings are achingly beautiful.”

“As for the drawing, I could look at it forever and never find a human hand behind it. It's probably the best drawing that's ever been done. Honestly, it's like sleight of hand - it's seems to be real, but it can't be real. How many levels of depth alone did you create? I'd like to thank you, but words fall short. Why is the world so slow to see your genius!”

“Thanks for being on this earth in this century.  Some day I hope to love my work as much as yours.  I love that some of your paintings are so small.   I think that's genius!  Small, simple but beautifully painted.  Perfect!”

"I have surely run out of superlatives, so please forgive me if I have overused words like stunning, exquisite, amazing, awesome and beautiful to describe the paintings I've previously purchased from you! All those adjectives still apply to this latest one and then some!  The colors are absolutely gorgeous!"  

"... you have been instrumental in bringing beauty into our sad world ... if not material richness – certainly richness of the soul ..."

"Got back to my office this morning to your beautiful painting. I love it. Sweet, romantic, thought provoking. I couldn't be happier. The frame is perfect. The perfect balance of everything."

"THANK YOU, it is spectacular! Il est arrivée! An amazing beautiful painting, so rich and deep and uplifting."

"My little gems arrived yesterday and they are both simply beautiful.  Each of your paintings is a small priceless jewel, far more precious to me than any piece of jewelry could ever be.  The time and meticulous attention to detail that goes into every painting, the subtleties of line and color, the nuances in light and shadow, all lend themselves to evoke a certain mood that transcends the artwork itself.  I find myself transfixed while gazing at your plums and radishes and moonscapes and ethereal clouds and rocks.  And when I look at them I am always transported to "a better place" -- wherever that place may be. I am so happy to have your artwork in my life."

"You have really found your place as an artist. Thanks for sharing your sublime magic."

"I feel like I'm sitting in God's lap when I look at her work."

“Your art is truly amazing! You shouldn't spend a moment torturing yourself about anything - it's just a waste of your time here on earth - you are so gifted and self-developed and capable and imbued.”

“Does this light really exist?  I don't think most people vibrate with such unique lighting.... they get sunlight and shadow - that's it...  It doesn't even register initially - and you are contemplating rocks (here and aloft) in very strange lighting...  It's very esoteric.” 

“Omg. Just STUNNING!! I can hear and feel something. There is just a clear message from the stones through the clouds to that magnificent moon that I can't discern. Like voices in another room. Or the smell of night or a storm when you can't see outside. I'm a little sad like a deaf person when a group of people are laughing and you can't read their lips. I am verklempt but know the feeling. Keep going! You may break the code!”

“Your work is very beautiful, full of spirit, subtle but powerfully poetic.”

“I frequently find myself on your blog. The simplicity in your compositions is so interesting and the color choices you use and the subtleties within them are so thoughtful. Some of those fruit paintings you've done like the pears have left my jaw wide open. And those rock paintings... who knew that rocks could be so beautiful.”

“Only you could make a dirty vegetable look like ballerinas under the moon. Just stunning, Barbara. Once again I am in awe. They feel human. Like they each have a story.”

“What are those? Turnips? The moon looks wonderful with them- a fugue of circles.”

“I love the circles theme... life, cycles, moon... I could get lost in not only the beautiful imagery, but also the thoughts it pulls forth. Great work.”

“... it is just gorgeous. Who knew turnips had so much to say. Looking at it you realize that you never had an understanding of the moon and how it affects life.”

“Just when I thought you'd painted something quite unsurpassable with your ethereal rock/stone paintings, you managed to quite astonishingly surpass yourself with these ethereal roots.”

“I have been a fan of your artwork for a long time. I often take my students to your blog to view your beautiful work. Few artists are able to express themselves with such poetry and sensitivity that can only come from deep within. Thank you for sharing your art with the world.”

“This is the best work, in this medium [charcoal], I have ever seen in my half a century of looking. Bravo!!!!”

“Your work is so otherworldy and imbued with feeling.  It's quite amazing.”

“painting came today. AMAZING!!! it feels like it should be behind an altar.”

“I have to tell you, too, that there are times when I am looking at the sky and say to myself, "It looks like a Barbara Kacicek painting."  A little bit of a psychological "which came first" conundrum....”

“You are more in touch with that spirituality than most people on this planet will ever be in their lives.  It comes through so strongly in your paintings and I wanted you to know that.”

“Your work is breath taking.  I'm mesmerized by your brush work and by the amount of space you achieve on such a small canvas.”

“oh my gosh! I held my breath at the beauty of this painting”

“Beautiful, lovely. I have to say, your art is very special. What colour! What heart!”

“Your newest work is heartbreakingly beautiful.”

“Another masterpiece!!!!  The arrangement and color selection in each of your paintings, is nothing short of genius...”

“they are awesome and feel deeper than most paintings”

“Parabéns Barbara!! Todas são belíssimas e com um toque celestial!!”

“now there is definitely an ancient message in this amazing little masterpiece”

“... the 31 plums (I am speechless with appreciation) and I read all your are truly a master of your medium. Thank you, thank you for the joy of even observing these little masterpieces up close!”

“OH MY GOSH! Your paintings are amazing. I am entranced, inspired and thrilled by your sensitive use of color and your amazing value control...jeez louise.”

“Looking at your drawing 'Falling in the Garden' just amazes me ... not only because of your skill but the story you weave. I can see the connection you must have with the natural world and wanted to pay my respects to you for creating such wonderful works. Thank you for such an emotional presentation.”

“...words cannot express how your work makes me feel. I am also an artist and recognize when I see someone achieving their full potential. The way you treat light is the key, but there is the composition...the expressions within that just makes each piece a treasure. Just wanted you to know that you have inspired someone. I want to bring my work up to a higher level. Thank you.”

“I am clear on this:  your work is supernatural and the world needs to see it.  Those portraits of Oriana are nothing short of miraculous.  Physically I don't know how you draw those things.”

“There is an abundance of mediocre work, virtually everywhere today, and it is indeed refreshing to see the work of a truly gifted artist.”

“These are masterpieces. Period.”

“UNBELIEVABLE!!!! You've masterfully captured the nuances of value in a way I've never seen before in charcoal. Wow!”

“Blown away. Simply beautiful and amazing work.”

“You do such beautiful work. I am always in awe.”

“The painting has arrived, and it's even more gorgeous in person!”

“Your clouds and skies are beautiful and inspiring.”

“I am in awe of your clouds, they are wonderful, if only I could paint like that.”

“I LOVE your cloud pastels and painting...I've always admired anyone that can capture the fluidity of their ever morphing form.”

“Just a quick note to say how very, very, pleased I am with the pebble painting, - I want to reach out and hold them, very evocative, thank you for the privilege to own one of your oils.”

“We are still in a state of being totally amazed and my wife is still wiping the tears out of my eyes. Thank you seems so insufficient for these gifts of your work. The pieces are so fine. We are honored and we thank you so very, very much.”

“... your work is like magic.  It's unnatural - or supernatural.”

“I do believe this may be the finest portrait of a pear I've seen in many years of looking at art.”

“I have just looked at your archives which totally wipe me away.  What a superb painter you are.  One picture after another leaps off the page at me and overwhelms. I just wanted to write and say "thank you" for so many visual thrills in one day.”

“BRAVO, this is masterly, magnificent.”

“Jesus, I can't believe it's a painting -- you must have bionic vision in addition to superlative artistic talent!”

“I am grateful for the work I own of yours. They bring beauty to my life everyday.”

“... i am just dying over your paintings and drawings... They leave me speechless.” 

“Every single piece is insanely beautiful...”

“Thanks again for your gorgeous paintings.  They are all terrific and richer than I had remembered them from the computer. Many thanks again for your most prodigious talents.”

“Just wanted to let you know that [the painting] arrived in perfect condition, thanks to your ultra-careful packaging -- and it's just astounding!   Fantastic composition, and ridiculously fantastic execution...!”

“Everything about them is inviting.  It's hard to look away.  I may have even quietly gasped the first time I saw [your work]. I also sense that you were deeply into these works as they came to being.  Lost in their world.”

“The play of shadows against the striped surface is brilliant.”

“I just have to tell you how amazing and inspiring your work is (inspiring in the sense that they make me want to paint!). Thank you for giving me something to aspire to.”


“Very atmospheric, you can feel the stillness.”

“This painting is so marvelous it gives me shivers!”

“The portrait of Oriana is stunning - mystical.”

“I just found your blog this evening and I just wanted to tell you how amazing all of your work is. I find beautiful art to be so inspiring to living life. Thank you so much for sharing you gifts, you are truly blessed.”

“Barbara, is fantastic you, and of a special sensitivity. Regards of your admirer.”

“Barbara, me fascino tu dibujo , un manejo increible de las luces y sombras para obtener los volumenes precisos.”

“I got my painting yesterday and I love it better than I thought I would because it is SO much more beautiful than the image my computer can display.”

“I wish I lived close enough to you to beg you to give me painting lessons.”

“I am often deeply moved by your paintings as they appear in my inbox. This is the best compliment I can give. I read recently that the purpose of art was the passing of an emotion from one person to another. If that is true, you have succeeded.”

“Thank you for the beautiful painting. It is a source of beauty and pleasure every time I look at it.”

“I received the painting - it is more beautiful than I imagined. Thank you so much. It will enjoy it every day.”

“Blown away. Simply beautiful and amazing work.”

“Your latest piece - like all the others before it, takes my breath away.”

“After 2 hrs of unpacking, I hit the motherload. What a great piece!!!! I couldn't wait to mount the painting on the wall, and stand back an admire your painting. You are truly gifted, and thank you.”

“I received my paintings and want to thank you - they are gorgeous and I cherish them.”

“Just want to say that I wish I could buy every one of your paintings!!!”

“But, you! Wow. Such paintings. Really - what paintings! Thanks for an inspiring, uplifting and nicely understated blog.”

“People who watch you are waiting for the next pearl to drop from your brush.”