Over the years, I have had the opportunity to be able to give to charities close to my heart through my art, in various cities. I have moved a few times since I started my art business, beginning in Calgary, to Brockville, and onward to St. Catharines, however, it seems like only yesterday when I began this great creative venture of mine.
With persistence and zeal, I would make it as an artist instilled in my head and over 21 years later (since 1998), with enormous thanks for the support of many wonderful people around me, family, friends, art enthusiasts and collectors alike, I continue to live my dream as a professional 'Originals-Only' Canadian Artist.
It might be the hardest job I've had, being an artist, yet I've worked in amazing corporations and companies prior (as an Associate and Executive Assistant) allowing me exceptional and demanding careers to learn about business. When I look back at all I have done in my life so far, those jobs certainly have helped me to where I am today in business and being an artist, to me, well, it is the best job ever. Together with community involvement opportunities like these, sure makes my creative venture all the more interesting and rewarding.
Additional to what is shown on this page (engaging in some really awesome work together with United Way, Easter Seals, Upper Canada District School Board, Grenville Christian College, Palliative Care, and Community Primary and Health Care, in recent times (2017-2019 to date), I have been giving more through my art endeavour to Heart & Stroke during the Christmas season and to Pelham Libraries and students enrolled in art programs by means of sales from exhibiting over the Mother's Day weekend. Lately (2019), I have added Canadian Blood Services to my repertoire of Community Involvement, a portion of my sales going go to this important organization at year end. Notably, this organization helped me in a time of need and saved my life. Whilst I donate blood regularly being a part of Canada's LifeLine, I am happy to help this organization through what I am so passionate about in my life, my art, too.
Whether it is time or money, or in other ways, I think there is always a way to help. Regardless of how much or little, it makes a positive difference.
- Barbara Simpson