Barb DeRousie, Watercolour Artist

Nurse turned artist!

Invited by a friend, Barb started to take a few watercolour 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 also available as an 18 x 24 reproduction, as well as a 5 x 7 blank art card sold at Fisherman’s Wharf and Coast Collective Art Centre.


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. As promised in her retirement speech, Barb participated in her first art show a year after she retired in October of 2018 (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.