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Born in London, KY
Lives & works in Knoxville, TN

Artist Statement:

Do you ever stop and wonder about what it is you are seeing?  Do you only see the thing you are observing, or all that it encompasses?  Naturally inquisitive, when I experience the world around me, I often contemplate the subjects of my images and I wonder, what is their history, what is in their future, whose lives have they touched, whose lives have touched them?  How did the terribly twisted tree in the forest become so disfigured and yet still be strong enough to endure?  Who were the artists of architecture who with their imaginations, their hands and their physical labor created such awe-inspiring works of masonry, steel, wood and glass?  

Everything goes deeper than what is observed on the surface.  To realize and appreciate that there is a larger story involving the object we are observing, no matter how big, or small, man-made or natural, that is what I want those who view my images to contemplate.  


Barbara Bolton Cornett, originally from London, KY, now resides in Knoxville, TN with her husband, corgi and two cats.  Being a native of the Appalachian Mountain Region, she has a love of nature, wildlife and the great outdoors.  She enjoys spending time in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park and taking advantage of the many outdoor activities it has to offer.  In addition to her love of nature, she also loves to travel and explore the world and all of its many fascinating places.  She is inspired by her travels and time spent in nature and documenting her travels through her photography is something she truly enjoys.  

Her photographic journey was initially inspired by her beloved aunt who had taught her as a child to manually operate a film camera.  As a child she would go around capturing images of blossoming redbud trees, blooming flowers, and the like.  Many years went by before her inspiration was again reignited when her daughter entered the world of competitive cheerleading.  Capturing the best images possible with challenging settings and lighting circumstances became her own personal competition.  A handful of years later after relocating to Knoxville, her husband and daughter bought her a new Nikon DSLR camera for her birthday.  Barbara registered for and completed several photography classes in the UT Non-Credit Program and earned her Photography Certificate in 2021.


Photography Certificate

May 25, 2021

University of Tennessee Conferences and Non-Credit Programs

Exhibitions & Festivals


June 2, 2023 - June 30, 2023

Arboretum Obscura - Portfolio Exhibition

Emporium For the Arts, Knoxville


May 2023 - November 2023

Abandoned Beauty

Bee Buzzing in Buttercups

Knoxville Mayor's Office

April 3, 2023 - May 1, 2023

Mini Macro Daisy

Juried Show: "No Bigger Than a Breadbox"

Emporium for the Arts, Knoxville

December 2022

Rainbow Over Renisfjara in B&W

Member's Show

Emporium for the Arts, Knoxville

November 2022 - May 2023

A Small World of Lines and Swirls

Reflections of Old in New

Knoxville Mayor's Office

May 2022 - November 2022

Retirement Plan (Sold)

Along the Winding Road We Go

Knoxville Mayor's Office

Spring 2022

The Road to the North

Juried Show

Knoxville Airport

December 2021


Disintegration of Contrast

Member's Show

Emporium for the Arts, Knoxville

November 2021 - May 2022

The Grand Ceiling in the Matthias Church

An Enchanted Path

Knoxville Mayor's Office

11/28/2020 - 12/04/2020

Along the Winding Road We Go

Colby McLemore Studio


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