Artist Barbara Travell may not have known it at the time, but her creative process is very ancient Rome. Romans believed creative genius lived in the walls to assist an artist. For Travell that inspiration is a gnome, or at least a cut-out of a gnome from an old book she glued to the bottom of her art table. She lets her imagination run wild into fairy tales and allows mermaids, moths and Buddha to take shape in her vibrant oil paintings. While she hasn’t taken formal lessons, Travell needs only a paintbrush and a little man in a pointy hat to delve into the fantastic.