Wyoming Trails Gallery
The Fine Art of Barbara Schaffner


Barbara Schaffner

"My studio is in Wheatland, Wyoming which sets just east of the Medicine Bow Range in Wyoming. We have our beloved Laramie Peak watching over us. The setting here is immersed in western history. WOW! How could it get any better than that? My passion is to record this profound history. While I am researching my next historic painting, I am busy painting our grand Wyoming landscape, wildlife, and western genre. I love working with watercolor, but also enjoy working with oil, pastel, and bronze. I appreciate the opportunity to pick the medium that will best capture the mood I want to achieve.

My husband, Mark, creates the beautiful handcrafted silver jewelry that we offer through the gallery. We often spend a cold winter evening creating jewelry designs together. Now our son, Tim, is creating silver jewelry too, and we are looking forward to some exciting new designs from him."



Born in the colorful gold mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado, Barbara moved as a child to Wyoming. She knew from the time she was small that she would be an artist. Barbara studied art with Keith Dennis through junior and senior high school and in Eastern Wyoming College. She received an associates degree from EWC. When she moved to Texas, she had the opportunity to attend West Texas State University. So, while her children were young, she commuted to WTSU for three years to get her art degree. Barbara would like to pay tribute to two inspiring professors at West Texas State University: Dr. Emilio Caballero, her watercolor instructor, and Claudia Neeley, her figure drawing instructor. She graduated with honors and a bachelor of science degree in fine art and art education. Since then, she has taken workshops with Virginia Frederick Large, Lowell Ellsworth Smith, and others. Barbara taught art three years at Eastern Wyoming College and taught at the Halsey Autumn Art Workshops in Halsey, Nebraska for five years. Because of many moves due to her husband's work, and at the request of several galleries, she began painting professionally. Now she teaches workshops when requested. She appreciates a chance to give back by helping other artists learn.



  • Barbara has shown in galleries in seven western states and Canada

  • Accepted into the American Quarter Horse Association Show: "America's Horse in Art", Amarillo, Texas, 2016

  • Accepted into the C M Russell Western Art Auction and Quick Draw, Great Falls, Montana

  • Wyoming Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year 2003, Jackson, Wyoming

  • She received the Ducks Unlimited Conservation Award in Montana

  • Her painting of "Lewis & Clark at the Confluence" is featured in the wayside exhibit at Fort Union National Historic Site, North Dakota

  • Montana Governor, Ted Schwinden, unveiled her historic painting, "The Far West's Epic Run" at the grand opening of the Mondak Heritage Center in Sidney, Montana

  • Grand Purchase Award, Rough Rider International Art Show, North Dakota

  • Barbara taught Junior High art in Texas, then taught three years at Eastern Wyoming College, and taught at the Halsey Autumn Art Workshops in Halsey, Nebraska for five years.  She will  teach workshops in oil, watercolor, pastel, and drawing when requested.

  • Graduate of West Texas State University with Honors in Fine Art & Art Education