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"Learning never exhausts the mind." - Leonardo da Vinci

Primarily, I am a self-taught artist. Being my own person and creatively expressing myself has been concurrent throughout my life. Nonetheless, over the years it was important to me to take art classes and hone my skills. The fundamentals of art, art expression, colour theory and art history are all invaluable to me. Continuous study, in my opinion, should be to any artist. Nowadays, I am constantly (daily!) studying one area or another of art. Education has invariably been a sound staple in my life and equally encouraged by my parents since day one when I started Kindergarten at a tender age of 3. I am grateful for that. So, whether I am studying a new technique, venturing on a new project, or reading from one of the numerous art-related books in my growing art library at home, in my books - in a matter of speaking - every day is a good day to learn something new.

The following comprises of the best courses I have taken to date working toward my Fine Art accreditation and facilitated by (for the most part) two very remarkable instructors I've had the opportunity to learn from and attribute toward my success today. First, I studied under the amazing and very influential Janusz Malinowski (RIP) in Calgary. Attentive and his wise words I will always remember and carry throughout my life as an artist. Secondly, I was guided by the enlightening and inspiring Andrea Mossop-Green in Brockville. Having the wonderful privilege of modeling for Life Drawing classes facilitated by Andrea Mossop-Green also allowed me an invaluable advantage, learning from the other side of the easel - as a subject rather than a student, but still considering the opportunity as a student. It is with gratitude each and every day that I recognize every teacher (be those in and out of a school) for their instruction, direction and encouragement that has helped lead me to where I am today.  - Barbara Simpson

Current GPA: 3.98

2006-2014 - St. Lawrence College FAC program, Brockville Ontario

2014
FAC ADV. PAINTING: MODERN MASTERS, Spare Expressive Space: Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper; Influence Peter Doig
FAC ADV. PAINTING: MODERN MASTERS, Superb Colourists: Gauguin, Bonnard, Matisse influence Peter Doig
Life Model for Life Drawing Classes, Instructor: Andrea Mossop-Green (ability to hold pose up to 50 minutes)

2012
Life Model for Life Drawing Classes, Instructor: Andrea Mossop-Green
Design and Display

2011
FAC ADV. PAINTING: Monet - Painting Water Lilies
FAC ADV. PAINTING:Techniques-Transparency & Glazing
FAC ADV. PAINTING: Marc Chagall 2010 Applied Communications

2009
FAC ADV. OIL PAINTING: Painting like the Masters: The Direct Approach
FAC ADV. OIL PAINTING: Painting like the Masters: Canadian and American Realists
FAC ADV. OIL PAINTING: Painting like the Masters: Turner, Whistler, Monet
FAC Colour Theory
FAC Life Drawing & Figure Painting
FAC Introduction to Nature Photography

2008
Art & Picture Framing

2007
FAC Art History & Appreciation II  (facilitated by Nancy Robertson)
FAC Art History & Appreciation I (facilitated by Nancy Robertson)
FAC Painting & Drawing Colour Theory I
FAC Painting & Drawing III
FAC Painting & Drawing II

2006
FAC Painting & Drawing I
FAC Restrictive Elective: When Georgia Meets Tom

1998-2004 Calgary, Alberta

2004
Self-Publishing, Mount Royal College (facilitated by Claire Scott, Self-Publishing Author)

2001
Portfolio Development, University of Calgary
Honour Graduate Travel & Tourism Certification (2 year program completed in 9 months), Mount Royal College (now University)

1999
Making Art Your Business, University of Calgary

1998
Painting With Acrylics, Mount Royal College (now University)

1979 - 1983 Bramalea, Ontario
Fine Arts Studies & History, North Park

*** Ongoing-self exploration through reading, research, experimentation and travel.

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