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Barb has always had an affinity to drawing, as she spent her young childhood growing up on lighthouses on the Westcoast of Vancouver Island. She didn’t start watercolour painting until the Fall of 2012 however, when she started to take a few local art classes. In May of 2013 she entered a Student Art Show hosted by her instructor Greg Swainson and sold all 11 paintings she entered!
Over the next few years Barb painted several commissioned pieces, one of which was “Fisherman’s Wharf”. Blank art cards of this print are sold at the 4Winds Nest Artisans Boutique at Fisherman’s Wharf as well as at Coast Collective Art Centre. Limited edition 18 x 24 prints are also available mounted on a birch board and may also be framed.
Barb is attracted to the translucency of watercolour paint on paper, making it’s magic and is humbled by it’s unpredictability at times!
Unlike traditional framing with glass, Barb mounts her artwork on wooden cradle boards and seals them with high quality UV protective archival varnish spray. This process allows the viewer to really take in the richness of the peice 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. In her retirement speech she made a commitment to have a show a year later, and she has just done that (Click here - RAW: natural born artists)! Barb is an associate member at Coast Collective Art Centre and plans to have a solo Watercolour Art Exhibit there at the Westridge Gallery from March 27 - April 7th, 2019.