Ciara Barsotti


Even though I didn't grow up in the desert, painting the Southwest is in my blood; my Great Grandmother raised her family on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and painted those landscapes, too. This is my contribution to the ongoing love story with the American Southwest that I share with many people and makers before me. Of course, I had to throw in these “Space Cowgirls” because I have always been drawn to the fantastic in art and stories. I imagine the Cowgirls are from the future, coming back to a time when Earth was worth visiting. I hope my work inspires people to go see these landscapes for themselves and to do what they can to protect them for future generations.


American artist Ciara Barsotti was born in Dublin, Ireland, was raised in California, and currently lives in Virginia with her husband and two cats. Her vibrant and dramatic acrylic paintings on canvas are immediately recognizable by her use of saturated colors, bold cloudscapes, and signature science fiction-inspired features. Her current series, “Space Cowgirls,” began in a painting class in 2016 and has expanded to more than a dozen paintings, in which she combines tracing paper, pen, pencil, and paint to capture the multidimensionality of her subjects and breadth of the American Desert. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine and her first painting in the series, “The Domes,” was a finalist in the Bay Area 2017 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series.


2019 Hashtag Art Mag Blog (online interview)

2018               Odd Duck Press Blog (online interview)

2018               Southwest Art Magazine: 21 Under 31 (September issue, online and print)

2018               Voyage Phoenix: The Thought-Provokers (online interview)

2018               BOOOOOOOM.com (online)

2018               Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pg 48


2017                SF Bay Area Regional Semi-Finalist: Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series


Sept 2019 Space Cowgirls, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

April 2019 Space Cowgirls, Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD

May 2018      Space Cowgirls, Iveta Gourmet, Santa Cruz, CA

Jan 2018        Space Cowgirls, Mandala Holistic Studio, Santa Cruz, CA

Dec 2017        Animal Studies in Ink, Palace Arts, Santa Cruz, CA

Aug 2017        Space Cowgirls, The Abbey, Santa Cruz, CA

July 2017        Space Cowgirls, Lulu Carpenter’s, Santa Cruz, CA

Jun 2017         Space Cowgirls, Coffee Cat, Scotts Valley, CA

Dec 2014        The Buffalo Show, The Bagelry, Santa Cruz, CA

Nov 2014        The Buffalo Show, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, CA


2020             Art of the Cosmos, Los Angeles, CA

2019               Present from the Past, Art League Rhode Island, Providence, RI

2017               Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA

2016               Student Showcase, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA


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