Bartula comes to this spirit-based work naturally, having been
educated in a convent school. She was born and grew up in Fort
Worth, Texas, lived for several years in Oklahoma City, then
moved to Santa Fe in 1988.
and between raising a family and other less important jobs, she
has been a visual artist for almost thirty years, for the most
years of publicity and press demands inherent in museum and gallery
work have spawned a love of the written word. Her most recent
series,” La Mezcla Poetica” combines images, patterns
and textures in a synthesis of past series ...... processes which
Bartula says “still nourish and inspire me”. Many
of those paintings were etched with the written word, in what
she calls a combination of automatic writing and the voice of
the painting. In a complete reversal of process, each painting
in “La Mezcla Poetica” was inspired by her own poetry.
behind the dogma and doctrine of her childhood, Bartula has become
a traveler through the world of spiritual traditions, dreamwork,
mythology and Jungian psychology.
and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico nourishes her relationship
to earth and sky, as well as other creative souls on the journey.
work is found in private and corporate collections in the U.S.