"Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.” Paul Gauguin

ABOUT BARBARA

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Biography

Barbara Simpson was born in Longueuil Chambly Quebec. Primarily, she is a self-taught artist with her creative ability surfacing at the early age of 10. Raised on beautiful Georgian Bay in Victoria Harbour Ontario, following, she moved much with her family and on her own. Her formal fine art education includes her junior high years in Seguin Texas, high school in Bramalea Ontario, and later post secondary training at Mount Royal and University of Calgary in Alberta.

Accomplished in Business Administration and leaving a corporate life and 22 years in Calgary Alberta (2005), Barbara ventured back to Ontario where she continued fine art studies at St. Lawrence College in Brockville and where she also revelled in modeling for Life Drawing classes (with the ability to hold a pose for up to 50 minutes!) Participating as a model gave Barbara a different perspective from the other side of the easel and also assisted in her creative quest. Through her minimal years of instruction Barbara is grateful to all of her mentors (in and out of school) each being inspirational and influential to her success.

Barbara is a full-time professional artist painting and residing in St. Catharines Ontario alongside the love of her life, Craig, who is endlessly supportive and constantly challenging her next original adventure at the easel. She is a Supporting Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and is a member in good-standing with CARFAC - The VOICE for Professional Artists since 1998.

Community Involvement

Over the years, many of Barbara's paintings have been auctioned in fundraisers helping charities close to her heart, such as, The United Way and the Upper Canada District School Board, as well as TV appearances on TV-Cogeco during solo-exhibitions during the 2009 Palliative Care Telethon in Brockville ON and 2010 Easter Seals Telethon at the K-Rock Centre (now Leon's Centre) in Kingston ON. Read more here.

Fusing Art History and Authenticity

Barbara's painting style varies from old-style impressionism to abstract, painterly to expressionism. Some could even say, avant-garde to a certain degree, a hallmark of modernism with a bold romantic relationship with colour. She is inspired by myriad artists throughout time and states that she is not interested in restricting her creativity to 'just one' style or subject matter. She is authentic in her work, fusing what she has learned from the past together with her own forte, and as a result, making her work her own.

Diverse in her dexterity and subject-matter has allowed Barbara to receive a variety of commission work. From business corporate to avant-garde, Barbara Simpson considers her journey as an "originals-only" professional artist to be a rewarding and enjoyable way of living life. Following her heart and sharing her joy with the world has allowed Barbara to gain a notable following of loyal collectors across North America and Europe which continues to grow.





Image above: Barbara Simpson with a couple of her floral paintings.





"I have only had the pleasure of Barbara's insight for a short period but overwhelmed by the views of our region and gardens. What a delight! We need more artists of this caliber in Eastern Ontario." - SJ (Brockville ON)


Sunset Over St. Lawrence River, Owned by Collector


THE EARLY YEARS

"Every child has a dream. This is mine." - Barbara Simpson
Captivated by colour from my first sign of life, childhood memories - oh how I love them! Colouring books were among my favourite gifts when I was young child. Always eager to get into my stocking every Christmas morning, I would quickly find my new colouring book and box of crayons along with the first of many pages to colour that Christmas day. At the age of 10, when I saw a very large box of crayons fall out of my stocking, I was to the moon and back about all the new pretty colours! I must have coloured more than half my colouring book that Christmas day and I am most certain my Mom and Dad had to pry me away to sit down for Christmas dinner. This is where it all began, my zest for colour and creativity and my mad love affair with colour!

In my early years, I was encouraged by both of my parents who were also creative, in drawing as well as writing, to pursue my interests and be my own person, with education being a sound staple. Into my teens and adulthood, my interests changed dramatically as I engaged myself in a variety of studies outside of art, business and travel being on the forefront, and intramural sports. Still, a part of me always returned to my artistry, as for decades in my pursuit of what I what I always desired to become, I experimented with a variety of media: oil paints, watercolours, pen and ink, charcoal, pastel, and a variety of pencils.

Since 1998, I have continued to remain original, painting "Originals-Only" (no prints) in the professional artist-grade acrylic medium. This is part of my steadfast mission. I am grateful each and every day to everyone who has provided support in my dream come true, with so many people around the world enjoying my art as much as I do when I am creating it. This speaks volumes to my heart! While I paint several 'known' subjects, I LOVE painting from my imagination to create the more ambiguous and unusual and alluring compositions. Thank you for reading.

With inspiration and Creatively Yours,
- Barbara Simpson

“To create one’s own world takes courage.” Georgia O’Keeffe






"Sunset Over Mountain Scene"

Watercolour, Barbara Simpson, c.1977, Seguin Texas, NFS



LIVING THE DREAM. CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS OF COLOURFUL, JOYFUL BLISS!

"Follow your heart. Dreams come true." - Barbara Simpson
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'. That 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! And 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 and inspiring instructor, Janusz Malinowski (RIP), to set my course straight. His words of wisdom always in mind.

Now, 21+ years later and what seems only yesterday when I began, truly a blessing it is that has come to life. I love creating beauty in the world, for the world and especially when it can seem so dim in certain parts. I am a full-time professional artist and I am living my dream. January 1998 is when my journey began as a professional artist - perhaps a twinkle in an eye when I was a young girl - and I have not looked back. Anyone pursuing a dream, I say this, "Follow your heart. Dreams come true." That was my first quote in 1998 when I began my journey as an artist. I believe when we are truly passionate about something, that passionate desire burning inside and work hard at it every single day, it is possible to live the dream.

- Barbara Simpson 

"Rhythm and Blues" (2017), 20" W x 2o" H, Acrylic, Owned by Art Collector.

"Someone else's vision will never be as good as your own vision of your self. Live and die with it 'cause in the end it's all you have. Lose it and you lose yourself and everything else. I should have listened to myself."

- Georgia O'Keeffe