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.
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.