Barbara is an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Santa Barbara Art Association.
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In 2015, her first solo show nearly sold out. Barbara’s paintings are poetic and polished. She expresses the themes of freedom and beauty, and every painting has something alive in it. She wants her images to take you for a sensory experience or a leap of the imagination.
She says, "I love the process of creating something beautiful or unusual that did not exist before. A love affair with paint and colour and life".
Barbara is a cheerful Canadian painter who defies classification, choosing to use a variety of media to express a broad range of subject matter. Her work ranges from photorealism to abstraction, from narrative to meditative, from traditional to digital, from painting to illustration, and from conceptual to perceptual. She is known for her sensitive, beautiful paintings and playful illustrations.
Barbara has always loved painting in oil paint and continues to use it for her most formal work. In particular, for commissions an oil painting provides the most rich and expressive medium. She first started oil painting at the age of nine.
Since then, Barbara developed skills in acrylic, watercolour, charcoal and digital art to earn a BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Recent interests include illustrating children's picture books for charitable causes, and teaching art.
Barbara’s curiosity has led her to lengthy visits around the world including Greece, Denmark and California. A major influence on her art was a 20-year mentorship under James D. (Jim) Armstrong, a wonderful painter in Santa Barbara, California.
Her paintings can be found in collections in Canada and the United Kingdom.
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