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: 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.
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 Simpson is an accomplished Originals-Only Canadian artist residing in St. Catharines. Born in Quebec and raised in Ontario, she 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 in 1977-79 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 College (now University) and University of Calgary in Alberta. Barbara continued her studies at St. Lawrence College in Brockville where she also enjoyed modeling for various Life Drawing classes while being recognized the ability to hold a pose up to 50 minutes. 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 the 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".