Artist Statement and Biography
Evolved from strong emotional moments and journeys in my life and through the influence of my dreams, my passion to paint encourages me to explore deep within myself and create from these idyllic moments. My paintings define my individuality, along with my vibrant personality. Influenced by the styles of great masters passed, such as, O'Keeffe, Carr, Monet, Renoir, Manet, The Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, Gauguin, and Canadian photographer, Neil Dankoff, I love bold colour with a style to call my own, representing my "joie de vivre". My work is considered upbeat, warm and flattering to the eye. I prominently work with acrylic paints, painting abstract and portraiture, flora and water/landscapes.
At a young age I was exposed to a life of travel that I grew to appreciate. I love to travel and experience cultures abroad, or to be a tourist in my own country. There is a spiritual connection between my soul and water, and from this, my desire to be around this element soothes my soul, finding peace within. Photography, my other great creative passion, flowers, sunsets, scenic landscapes are a few subjects that intrigue me as I peek through the lens of my camera.
I love all realms of the art world, including writing, photography and music, but painting is my true love. I take great pride in my work, which provides the world the rare opportunity to view life "through my eyes"; a point of view I'm sure you'll find both unique and compelling.
Barbara is an accomplished Originals-Only Canadian artist residing in the Niagara Region of Ontario near the beautiful and world-renown Niagara Falls. Born in Quebec and raised in Ontario, Barbara is self-taught with her artistic ability surfacing at the early age of 10. Her formal education includes fine art studies through her junior years at Joe F. Saegert in Seguin,Texas, her high school years at North Park Secondary in Bramalea, Ontario and post secondary training at Mount Royal University and University of Calgary in Alberta. Loving a life of painting and photography, Barbara continued her studies at St. Lawrence College in Brockville and aspires to achieve her Fine Arts accreditation. She also enjoys modeling for Life Drawing classes, as at St. Lawrence College. Barbara's paintings have been auctioned in fundraisers helping charities, such as, The United Way and the Upper Canada District School Board, Palliative Care, and Easter Seals Telethon. Since 1998, Barbara considers her journey as a professional artist to be a rewarding and enjoyable way of living life and share her joy with the world. She hopes to inspire others who have a passion to paint. "Just let go and don't compare yourself." Barbara says. "Be who YOU are. We are all unique and it is our inner creative being that is just waiting to be explored and come out for all the world to see."