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Barbara Simpson


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St. Catharines
Career Stage
  • mixed media
  • painting
  • photography/photo-based
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 such as O'Keeffe, Carr, Monet, Renoir, Manet, The Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, Gauguin, 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. 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.

Born in Longueuil Chambly Quebec in 1965, Barbara Simpson is a self-taught artist with her creative ability surfacing at the early age of 10. She was raised on beautiful Georgian Bay Ontario. Her formal education includes fine art studies through her junior high years in Seguin Texas, her high school years in Bramalea Ontario, and post secondary training at Mount Royal and University of Calgary in Alberta.
Leaving a corporate life and 22 years in Calgary Alberta, in 2005, Barbara ventured back to Ontario where she continued her fine art studies at St. Lawrence College in Brockville Ontario and where she modeled for varying Life Drawing classes (with the ability to hold a pose for up to 50 minutes!) Participating as a model gave Barbara a different perspective from the other side of the easel, assisting in her creative quest. Through her minimal years of instruction Barbara is grateful to all of her mentors and feels that each has been influential in her success today.

Barbara’s paintings have been auctioned in fundraisers helping The United Way and the Upper Canada District School Board. She has held TV appearances on TV-Cogeco during solo-exhibitions, during a Palliative Care Telethon and 2010 Annual Easter Seals Telethon at K-Rock Centre in Kingston ON and featured in many newspaper publications; Synchronicity Magazine and in Southwest Art Magazine in May 2012, in the August 2013 edition under "Women in Art" and September 2013 edition, "Nationally Emerging Artists". Today, Barbara resides with her Love and continues her life as an artist near the world-renowned Niagara Falls in St. Catharines Ontario.

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