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Barb began her interest in watercolour painting after taking art classes in the Fall of 2012 and was instantly drawn to this medium! She loved the translucency of watercolour paint on paper, and how the ratio of water to paint created varied effects. In the Spring of 2013 she was in a student art show with instructor Greg Swainson and to her surprise, sold all 11 paintings entered!
Since then Barb has painted several commissioned pieces including “Fisherman’s Wharf”, which is now available as an 8 x 10 print and an 18 x 24 Giclee reproduction, as well as 5 x 7 blank art cards available on request.
Unlike traditional framing with glass, Barb mounts her artwork on birch wood cradle boards using gel medium and seals them with high quality UV protective archival varnish spray. This process allows the viewer to really take in the richness of the piece without the reflective glare of glass.
Barb has recently retired after a 33 year career in Nursing and is now pursuing her passion for watercolour painting. Barb participated in her first group art show a year after she retired in October of 2018 (Click here - RAW: natural born artists)! Barb has been an associate member at the Coast Collective Art Centre and had her first ever solo Watercolour Art Exhibit there at the Westridge Gallery from May 22nd - June 2nd, 2019. Barb is a member of the Victoria Arts Council.
Currently Barb is enrolled in a 12 week intensive online art program called the Creative Visionary Program put on by founder Nicholas Wilton at Art2Life.com The principles of design, value and colour taught in this program are primarily demonstrated in abstract style using acrylic paint—both of which are completely foreign to a figurative Watercolor artist!
It’s been an amazing journey, not just learning these principles in CVP, but also discovering what really lights me up, what’s really important, and what I really love—an inward look at oneself, so that I may be a better artist in the long run—here’s hoping!
If you have read this far by now—I thank you humbly for showing your interest and for visiting my site!