Barbara was born and raised in western New York. She has now resided in the beautiful lake side community of Port Colborne, Ontario for the past 43 years. She is a self-taught visual artist; studied at Haliburton School of Art & Design; has been mentored by artists internationally, and locally as well. She is primarily inspired by the natural beauty of botanicals, landscapes, seascapes, and ethereal skies.
"I hear a whisper in my soul, which awakens inspiration that begs to be released. An integral part of my work stems from intuitive journaling onto the substrate, as a way of rooting me into the piece. My work is often layered. I invite the viewer to look beyond the layers, to explore what is hidden underneath; and to search for what is revealed in the painting, or perhaps even in themselves as a result. I believe art can have a strong healing component, for the creator & for the owner."
Mixed Media Artist
I have a broad spectrum of work. Currently I am focusing on encaustic with mixed media, and oil paintings with cold wax medium (CWM). When working with encaustic molten wax and alcohol inks my technique is very much a dance of controlling the medium and surrendering to it. In doing so, my creative process becomes one of a delicate balancing act. I find this way of creating very seductive, therapeutic, and healing.
I have an abiding passion for organic materials. When I collage, my pieces often contain handmade papers, tea bags, vintage buttons, fabric, hemp, cheese cloth; all torn, frayed, or stamped, to create an image with great dexterity and precision. I take an innovative approach to intricate detail, depth and texture for an outcome that flows.
To view my original artwork in person, please visit Art Space 106 Art Gallery, in the heart of beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario (106 Queen St.) My work is also for sale in my Etsy Shop: ArtAndSoulByTheLake.Etsy.Com, or a personal home visit can be arranged, as I have many pieces scattered about my home! I am a proud member of the South Niagara Artists, www.southniagaraartists.ca.
I truly appreciate all of my customers and followers. Thank you with all my heart for your continued interest; and for taking the time to view my work. I hope it touched a piece of your heart & brought you joy.
To my family: For all of your love & support, I am eternally grateful. Each and every one of you inspires me on a daily basis. I am so blessed to have you in my life. I love you all xo