BIO

Barbara Simpson is an accomplished full-time Canadian artist. Born in Quebec and raised in Ontario, Barbara is primarily 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 (Seguin TX), her high school years at North Park Secondary (Bramalea ON) and post-secondary training at Mount Royal College (now University) and University of Calgary (Alberta). After moving back to Ontario (2005), Barbara continued her Fine Art studies at St. Lawrence College (Brockville on). At that time, 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 fundraising events. 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 many artists throughout Art History, Barbara's painting style varies between contemporary to impressionism and much in between, stating that she does not want to restrict herself or her creativity to 'just one' while remaining authentic, making her work her own. Barbara is diverse in her painting ability and subject matter and this allows her to receive and complete a variety of custom/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 started her art business in 1998 and "Make moments count." are words she continues to live by, in art and in life. Barbara currently works and resides with the Love her life Craig in St. Catharines Ontario, and continues her passion to paint "Originals-Only".

ARTIST STATEMENT

Art Therapy: Spiritual Healing Through Artist Expression by 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. I prominently work with acrylic paints and have experimented with other media; 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. 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.

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