Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

People of Purpose

Connecting people to their unique human experience through Purpose.

Jan 26, 2018

Barbara Waterman-Peters is an artist from Topeka, Kansas whose award-winning work is in museums as well as corporate and private collections. She has shown regionally, nationally and internationally in over 275 solo, invitational and juried exhibitions. She is a founding member of the Collective Art Gallery (1987-2014) and is a charter member of Circle of 7. In 2010 she became the first Core Artist in NOTO, founding STUDIO 831. Barbara taught at Washburn and Kansas State Universities as well as Lassen Community College in California. Currently, she writes about artists for TOPEKA and LAWRENCE Magazines. She also writes an “Artist Spotlight” online for TOPEKA Magazine. She has a BFA from Washburn University, an MFA from Kansas State University, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Washburn University in 2016. She has received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement from the State of Kansas and the Monroe Award from the Washburn University Alumni Association. In 2011 she was awarded the ARTY for Distinguished Visual Artist from ARTSConnect in Topeka. She has illustrated several books, including BACI: A Mind-Altering Cat and THE COLLECTIVE @ 25 both of which she also wrote and designed; in addition, she has created book cover art for a number of authors. In 2015 she illustrated THE FISH’S WISHES, written by Glendyn Buckley. Together, they published this children’s book and have formed their own company, Pen & Brush Press LLC. For many years, Barbara has been the staff artist for the Andrew and Georgia Neese Gray Theater at Washburn University.In 2017 she spearheaded The NOTO Plein Air Project, an exhibit of the work of the participating artists, and will be bringing out a book documenting the project in 2018.
I think Barbara has a wonderful soul. You cannot see by listening but she has the most caring eyes too. She is an excellent listener and very compassionate. I really like how she sees herself as having role in the experience of viewing art. From the time I had with her in her studio it is very apparent that she does really value this part of being an artist. I would love to have the chance to take a painting course with her. I think there are many principles one can learn from stepping into the mindset and behind the eyes of Barbara. I’m excited to present her perspective in this podcast episode. I hope you enjoy as I present you today’s lovely person of purpose - Barbara Waterman-Peters!


Listen as we talk about:

  • Why you must do what you are compelled to do 
  • Why you should always keep your work fresh
  • Why you should never be predictable
  • Challenges from her early career
  • Why the artist is a communicator
  • Barbara's take on what is art
  • How expressing the darker parts through art helps to bring forward the lighter parts
  • How being a pen pal teacher to prisoners helped them to see the world in a new way
  • Why self-indulgence art does not make you a person of purpose
  • Advice for writing
  • How mentors have guided her into purpose
  • How to be an ambassador of the arts
  • How aging has changed her self-standard for quality production
  • How to recognize your purpose
  • ------Resources Mentioned:-----------
Making Your Life As an Artist, by Andrew Simonet. It is available as a free download at
The Business of Art
Art and Fear 
Access Barbara's "Strategies for Success" document by simply messaging me on the Facebook page.


  •  Join our purpose seeking podcast community at...

To Contribute your Patronage to the Podcast please visit: