BARBARA SIMPSON ART WORLD
"An expression of my being and art 'through my eyes'."
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Barbara Simpson is an accomplished Canadian artist residing in St. Catharines Ontario, near the beautiful and world renowned Niagara Falls. This is also where she lives with her Love (he is so encouraging!) and continues her passion to paint 'Originals-Only (no prints) since 1998'. Born in Quebec and raised in Ontario, Barbara is self-taught with her artistic ability surfacing at the early age of 10. Her formal education includes fine art studies through her junior years in 1977-1979 at Joe F. Saegert in Seguin Texas, her high school years at North Park Secondary in Bramalea Ontario and post secondary training at Mount Royal College (now University) and University of Calgary in Alberta.  Loving a life of painting and photography, Barbara continued her studies at St. Lawrence College in Brockville. She also enjoyed modeling for various Life Drawing classes at St. Lawrence College, with the ability to hold a pose for up to 50 minutes! In or out of school, Barbara considers each day a learning experience, "there is always something new to learn." Through her minimal years of instruction all of her mentors have been inspirational and influential.
 
Barbara's paintings have been auctioned in fundraisers helping charities like The United Way and Upper Canada District School Board. She has held TV appearances on TV-Cogeco during solo-exhibitions and the Palliative Care Telethon, and 2010 Annual Easter Seals Telethon at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston ON. Barbara has been featured in several local newspaper publications, Synchronicity Magazine, as well as Galleries - a guide to Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area art galleries. In May 2012, her floral painting, "The Wonder of You" was featured in Southwest Art Magazine (SWA) and she was also featured in the August 2013 edition of SWA, special section of "Women in Art" and in the September 2013 edition, "Nationally Emerging Artists".
 
Inspired by a great number of artists throughout time, Barbara's painting style comprises of many including old-style impressionism to fauvism, to contemporary, lyrical abstraction and photo-realism stating that she does not want to restrict herself or her creativity to 'just one'. She is authentic, making her work her own. Barbara is diverse in her painting ability of myriad subject matter which equally allows her to accept disparate commission works. 
 
Since 1998, as a professional artist, Barbara considers her journey to be a rewarding and enjoyable way of living life and share her joy with the world. She hopes to inspire others who have a passion to paint; "Follow your heart. Dreams come true." she has been saying she began her art business in 1998 and "Make moments count." are words she continues to live by, in art and in life. [Photo: Barbara with her original acrylic AUTUMN I (Baie-Sainte Paul, Quebec, Waiting for the ferry to Isle-aux-Coudres), 28" X 72", Acrylic on Canvas, Unframed. To purchase this painting, contact Artist here.
 

 
 
Artist Statement
Art Therapy: Spiritual Healing Through Artist Expression- Barbara Simpson

Evolved from strong emotional moments and journeys in my life and through the influence of my dreams, my passion to paint encourages me to explore deep within myself and create from these idyllic moments.
 
Since a few years before the turn of the new millennium I became more in-tune with my higher being, or 'spiritual self'. Through the connection and inspiration of people around me, and through acquiring greater knowledge of a spiritual world and an understanding of colour and its effect in our everyday lives, I feel blessed with the ability to express myself in an artistic way.
 
My paintings define my individuality, along with my vibrant personality. Influenced by the styles of great masters passed, such as, O'Keeffe, Monet, Renoir, Manet, Carr, The Group of Seven and Gauguin, to name a few. I love bold colour with a style to call my own, representing my "joie de vivre". My work is considered upbeat, warm and flattering to the eye. And while I prominently work with acrylic paints, I have experimented with other media, such as, pen and ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolor and oil. I enjoy painting a variety of subjects, including abstract and portraiture, although, most of my work features water/landscapes and flora.
 
At a young age I was exposed to a life of travel that I grew to appreciate. I love to travel and experience cultures abroad, or to be a tourist in my own hometown. There is a spiritual connection between my soul and water, and from this, my desire to be around this element soothes my soul, finding peace within.  Photography, another great creative passion of mine, of flowers, sunsets, scenic landscapes and a variety of portraiture are a few subjects that intrigue me as I peek through the lens of my camera.
 
I love all realms of the art world, including writing, photography and music, but painting is my true love. I take great pride in my work, which provides the world the rare opportunity to view life "through my eyes"; a point of view I'm sure you'll find both unique and compelling.
 
 
Education
2014 ADV. PAINTING: MODERN MASTERS, Spare Expressive Space: Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper; Influence Peter Doig. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2014 ADV. PAINTING: MODERN MASTERS, Superb Colourists:Gauguin, Bonnard, Matisse influence Peter Doig, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2012 Design and Display, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2011 FAC Adv. Painting: Monet - Painting Water Lilies, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2011 FAC Adv. Painting:Techniques-Transparency & Glazing, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2011 FAC Adv.Painting: Marc Chagall, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2010 Applied Communications, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2009 FAC Adv. Oil Painting - Painting like the Masters: The Direct Approach), St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2009 FAC Adv. Oil Painting (Painting like the Masters: Canadian and American Realists)), St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2009 FAC Adv. Oil Painting (Painting like the Masters: Turner, Whistler, Monet), St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2009 FAC Colour Theory, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2009 FAC Applied Communications, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2009 FAC Life Drawing & Figure Painting, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2009 Golden Acrylics Demo, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2009 FAC Introduction to Nature Photography, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2008 Art & Picture Framing, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2007 FAC Art History & Appreciation II, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2007 FAC Art History & Appreciation I, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2007 FAC Painting & Drawing Colour Theory I, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2007 FAC Painting & Drawing III, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2007 FAC Painting & Drawing II, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2006 FAC Painting & Drawing I, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2006 FAC Restrictive Elective: When Georgia Meets Tom, St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
2004 Self-Publishing, Mount Royal College, Calgary AB
2001 Portfolio Development, University of Calgary (Calgary, AB)
2001 Graduate: Travel & Tourism Certification, Mount Royal College, Calgary AB
1999 Making Art Your Business, University of Calgary, Calgary AB
1998 Painting With Acrylics, Mount Royal University, Calgary AB
1979 - 1983 Fine Arts Studies & History, North Park, Bramalea ON
+ Ongoing-self exploration through reading, research, experimentation and travel    
 
Publications
2014 March EMC Newspaper Celebrating International Women's Day March 8 (Brockville, ON)
2013 September edition, Southwest Art Magazine, featured in Special Section: Emerging Artists
2013 August edition, Southwest Art Magazine, featured in Special Section: Women in Art
2011 August edition, Southwest Art Magazine featured in Special Section: Still Life & Florals
2011 Aug EMC Newspaper: Local Artist at Brockville Arts Centre (Brockville, ON) A Solo Exhibition
2010 Mar 11 EMC Newspaper: Artist shows creative support of March 14 Easter Seals Telethon (Brockville, ON)
2010 Mar 4 EMC Newspaper Celebrating International Women's Day March 8 (Brockville, ON)
2009 Jul EMC Newspaper Brockville Artisan Village review (Brockville, ON)
2009 Mar EMC Newspaper International Women's Week (Brockville, ON)
2009 Feb Featured in EMC, Our Very Own Flower Child Returns to the Brockville Arts Centre
2008 Sep Featured in EMC,Barbara Simpson's Originals Return to BAC (Brockville, ON)
2008 Commission (May 2007) of Spa Royal Brock features Barbara Simpson's photography in the hard cover book, Treasures Ontario
2007 Oct Posted on Upper Canada District School Board website; Barbara Simpson, Local Artist Supports UCDSB United Way Silent Auction
2007 Feb Galleries - A guide to Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area art galleries (USA)
2007 May Featured Artist, Recorder & Times: Local Artist Takes Local Scenes to British Columbia
2007 May Featured Artist, Frontenac Biosphere, for original painting, In the Kitchen (Lansdowne, ON)
2007 May Featured Artist, Woodland Garden Art & Bloom Festival, Comox Valley Record (Comox, BC)
2007 May Featured in 2007 Progress Magazine (Brockville, ON)
2007 Mar Feature Artist, EMC Newspaper for International Women's Week (Brockville, ON)
2007 Mar Apr, May: Featured in EMC Newspaper (Brockville, ON)
2006 Dec Thank you for your support and business 2006, Recorder & Times (Brockville, ON)
2006 Dec Galleries - A guide to Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area art galleries (USA)
2006 Oct Featured in Brock Talk - Recorder & Times Newspaper (Brockville, ON)
2006 May Feature Artist, Universal Women's Week, EMC Newspaper (Brockville, ON)
2006 Jan Feature Artist, Curry's Art (Toronto, ON)
2005 Dec Feature Artist, Recorder & Times (Brockville, ON)
2005 Jun/Jul Feature Artist, Synchronicity, The Magazine; Article, Conscious Investing written by Barbara & painting, Love Is Power, (Calgary, AB)
2002 Oct: Featured Artist in Calgary Herald for ArtEssential (Big 4, Stampede Grounds, Calgary, AB) exhibiting together with 88 of Canada's Finest Artists 
 
TV/Radio
2010 Mar TV COGECO 12:45 PM K-Rock Centre (Kingston, ON) Annual Easter Seals Telethon; with Barbara's painting, "Spirit of Children".
2009 Apr TV COGECO Interview at Paint The Mall; Juried Competition - Appearing on The Wire, COGECO, Channel 10 at 7 PM
2009 Mar TV COGECO Interview at Brockville Arts Centre - Appearing on The Wire, COGECO, Channel 10 at 7 PM
2008 Feb TV COGECO - Cameo Appearance re: solo-exhibition during Palliative Care Telethon At Brockville Arts Centre with Bruce Wylie (JR FM)
2007 May  Featured artist on 97.3 The Eagle (Comox Valley, BC)
 
 
Galleries 
1998-2016: Bow Picture Framing and Gallery, Calgary AB
2008-2013: Black & White Floral Photography, Casual Living, Brockville ON
2007-2008: Whyte's Gallery, Comox BC
2006-2008 Light Street Gallery, Baltimore MD
 
Private Collections
1998- present: Canada, United States, Holland, Norway, Scotland.
 
 
 
 
Barbara Simpson has donated regularly over the years to various charities,
including shown here to The United Way, personally and, through her art.   
LEFT: Barbara donates two of her original paintings to the Leeds & Grenville
United Way Fundraiser, October 2008.
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Barbara Simpson in Southwest Art Magazine
Barbara Simpson in Southwest Art Magazine
Barbara Simpson in Southwest Art Magazine
September 2013 edition
Nationally Emerging Artists
August 2013 edition
Women in Art
May 2012 edition / Special section
"Still Life Florals" featuring 'The Wonder of You'

 
                                                                                                                                                                                                  
 


 
 
 

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