Barbara is an award-winning full-time artist based in Ottawa, Ontario who paints the people and places she sees all around her. Her paintings are in individual and corporate collections in Canada and internationally.
In Ottawa Barbara is represented by Koyman Galleries. Koyman Galleries is Canada’s largest commercial art gallery with over 13,000 square feet of beautiful gallery space located at 1771 St. Laurent Boulevard.
Barbara is an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. The Federation has 3000 members and was founded in 1941 by members of the Group of Seven.
Barbara’s work can also be found at the Ottawa Art Gallery’s commercial gallery, Galerie Annexe , located at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, next door to the Rideau Centre in downtown Ottawa.
Barbara’s paintings have been selected two years in a row to appear in the Federation of Canadian Artists annual calendar. “Coffee First” will appear in 2022 and “The Golden Hour” appears in the 2021 calendar as well as being an award-winner in the Federation’s 2020 365 Online Exhibition. In 2019, “View from the Tracks, Home 1” was awarded an honourable mention by the Federation in their juried show on Granville Island, Vancouver. That exhibition featured 224 original works created by artists from 11 countries. Barbara had three paintings in the show.
Other recent juried exhibitions include: the Federation of Canadian Artists 2020 Postcard Competition and Online Exhibition, the 2019-20 and 2018-19 Art & Parcel holiday art shows at the Ottawa Art Gallery; Wall Candy: Sweetly Affordable Art, 2018 at Lansdowne Park; the SELECTIONS 2018 and 2017 shows of the Arts Network Ottawa at the Trinity Art Gallery in the Shenkman Arts Centre; the 2017 Open International Online Exhibition of the Society of Canadian Artists ; and Figureworks 2015.
Barbara has studied with Canadian painters Brian Atyeo, CSPWC, OSA (in 2019, 2016 and 2015) and Mike Svob, SFCA (in 2017). She’s also studied drawing, painting, life-drawing and portraiture at the Ottawa School of Art and portrait painting at the Winter Academy at Big Arts in Sanibel, Florida. She first worked with acrylic paint in 2005 at a life-changing St. Lawrence College Summer School of the Arts workshop taught by the Eastern Ontarian artist, Anne Barkley, SCA and has painted exclusively in acrylics ever since.
Barbara was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a teenager growing up in Montreal, Quebec, Barbara thought she might be set on a future in commercial art. But, things didn’t exactly unfold that way and she ended up going to McGill Law School and on to a career as a federal government lawyer practising regulatory law in the National Capital Region. Through it all, the right brain stimulation that art provided was a necessary balance to the left brain demands of her day job. Finally, Barbara devoted herself to painting on a full-time basis in 2014.