- Barbara Simpson
"Fortress Mountain", acrylic, 24"x 24", Owned by Collector
My diversity has allowed me to take on unique commissioned works for various clients, both personal and businesses, who have become dedicated collectors. I am grateful for this support in my art endeavour.
Cosmic Passion, 24x36, Owned by Collectors
Summer at Lake Louise, 24"x24", Available
Circle of Friends, 16x20, Owned by Collector
It was at the beginning of December 1997 and I thought about what I might give myself for my birthday. Every year it was some 'thing'. This particular year, however, I did not want a material item (i.e., a new pair of earrings or a new dress). I wanted something different and educational, tangible to my heart, something that would make a difference. I have always loved education so, I thought about what I always enjoyed as a kid. Not that I didn't enjoy my job in the corporate world at the time (I did!) Only, I felt the need to grow internally.
I was living in Calgary Alberta at the time. I saw a Mount Royal calendar sitting in a pile of papers on the dining room table. As I browsed it, I found Painting With Acrylics starting in January 1998. This piqued my interest! It was exactly what I was looking for!! I signed up right away, completed the six classes that began almost right away, and I have to say that this was the best gift I could have ever given myself! These were the best classes (all six of them) with the most fascinating instructor, Janusz Malinowski (RIP), to set my course straight.
Now, crossing 20 years later and what seems like only yesterday, is truly a blessing that has come to life. I love creating beauty in the world for the world. I am a full-time professional artist. I am living my dream. January 1998 is when I began my journey as a professional artist and I have not looked back. Anyone pursuing a dream, I say, "Follow your heart. Dreams come true." It's never too late. I feel that when we are truly passionate about something and work hard at it everyday, it is possible to live the dream.
- Barbara Simpson