I find feeling and freedom in painting. The movements, the changes and directions on the painted surface for me are planned and unplanned.
A painting, to me is like a conversation. One painting leads to another in a series of visual thoughts. My reaction to poetry, nature, memories, experiences, encounters, and observed changes in the world become marks, scrapes, collaged pieces, dabs, layers on a surface.
I have an affinity for abstract expressionism, collage, minimalism, drawing, the human figure, and ceramics.
The art elements and painting processes are constructions play out on the surface of the painting. Actions, passion, energy infuse the painting. While I find formal knowledge of painting is important, my experimental engagement is prime in building a surface of marks. Personal influences and interests are: the paint and needed materials, the complexity of art history, specific geographies, geology, urban life, humanity, personal connections, music, especially jazz, feeling, poetry, prose, wilderness, memory.
A few artists and theorists of note and study ( in no particular order) include: Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Walter Benjamin, James Joyce, Sarah Cain, Albert Camus, Samuel Beckett, Richard Serra, Brice Marden, Jasper Johns, Joan Mitchell, Albert Oehlen, Mark Bradford, Agnes Martin, Oscar Murillo, Robert Rauschenberg, Ian Fairweather, Louise Fishman, Elizabeth Cummings, Emily Carr, Jane Ash Poitras, Joyce Weiland, Rita Letendre. Marcelle Ferron. (to name a few!)
The mystery of infinite and finite existence plays out.
Barbara's paintings are in collections in Nova Scotia, Alberta, British Columbia, United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Germany, and the United States. (Los Angeles, New York City, Long Island, Florida, Chicago, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Aptos, California, and Georgia.)
University of British Columbia: fine arts (72/73)
University of Victoria: Degree, Art Education, (Ceramics) (74-78)
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design: Course work: drawing, painting, media theory (1980's and 90's)
Numerous Professional fine arts artist workshops
Group exhibit, Teichert Gallery, October, 2019
Group Show ArtScape June, 2019
Dual Exhibit, Chase Gallery, NS Archives in Halifax, November, 2018
The Nook, March, 2018, Bedford, NS
The Fireside, Winter 2018, Halifax, NS
Group show, Art Zone Gallery, March, 2017, spring and summer, 2017.
Saatchi Art, Best of February, 2017
Teichert Gallery, Halifax, N.S. Selected works, 2017
Art Zone solo, May, 2016, Halifax, N.S.
ArtScape Show, St. Margaret's Bay, (2011 to 2019)
Seventy3, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 2015 to 2016 curator: Lee Cripps
Saatchi Art feature: Abstract Dance, Chaos, Abstract Pools, The Red Bird Sings - Spring 2014.
Saatchi Art 'Abstract 105': Originals for $500 and Under Collection June 2014.
'Abstract VIII' Saatchi Art Feature: Inspired by Abstract Expressionism. March 17, 2014.
ArtScape Shows - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Sales and Rental
Gallery, 2007, 2016 - 2020
Renate Peterson Gallery Summer Show l996
Night Shift - Anna Leonowens Gallery 1989
Group Show - Anna Leonowens Gallery Summer 1984