AFFORDABLE, QUALITY FINE ART. For over two decades my goal continues, painting and offering affordable, quality fine art, acrylic paintings, originals-only (no prints). This is my promise, remaining 'original' (no prints) and 'quality' for paintings. Collectors of my work have acknowledged this very important over the years knowing they have the "one and only" of its kind as well as the quality of supplies used. The Great Masters of time before us remained completely original in their time too, and how grand that is!!
I am a Professional Artist and use only Professional Artist Grade paints and products (notably, Liquitex).
Professional Artist Grade paints offer highest rated pigments and UV-resistance.
Are they more expensive? Yes! But they are the BEST and I only use the best products in my work.
- Barbara Simpson
Barbara's supplies? As a professional artist, the supplies I use are of quality and professional. I want my work to be enjoyed for years well into the future. Liquitex Professional Heavy and Soft Body Artist-Grade paints and a variety of their media line go into all my creations since I began in 1998, as well as the use of quality cotton canvas or pine wood, and other supplies as required. In fact, some supplies are quite precious!
FYI, Liquitex was not only first on the art scene for acrylic paints, Liquitex also has a successful history being one of the best on the market. And notably, they publicly acknowledge their Ethics and Sustainability which is important to me as an artist in what I produce.
The finishing touches of my work are equally important, with or without a frame. Should framing be decided, depending on your location, I can certainly recommend quality customer framers I have used (in Alberta and Ontario), although the majority of my work is professionally finished and ready to hang without framing. I am a bit old-fashioned when it comes to framing so, while much of my work considered contemporary, I am enchanted by vintage and antique frames that the great-masters once displayed their masterpieces in - like Monet, Vermeer, Rubens, and Van Gogh, to name a few. There is something that feels distinguished and stately about these types of frames to me.
It is equally important to note the paint and finish I use on my work will sustain its original colour, it will not chip and not yellow over time, staying tried, tested and true. As a matter of fact, paintings I have completed 20+ years ago look like they were painted (in all their brilliance) in recent days.
Professional Artist Quality paints offer longevity and light-fastness and other important factors. As a result, they will stand the test of time. - Barbara Simpson
Speaking from experience, looking at and moreover buying art can be fun and exciting, but I think getting to know the artist and the supplies he/she uses is equally important. Speaking from experience as I collect original fine art too. In my opinion, original fine art is an investment. This is another reason I use high-end quality professional paints and products and so my work will last for future generations. - Barbara Simpson
The painting you like is already sold, now what? You really loved one (or a few you saw). What I have learned over the past two plus decades, my loyal collectors like that about my work. They love the fact that the have the one-and-only of its kind and that there are no prints out there of it. I am specialized in my work that way, originals-only (no prints) remaining authentic in my work. No worries! I can paint something similar (not the same) and specially for you. Commission Barbara - Contact artist here and let's get started!
Add to your collection or begin one today. Secure the painting you really love and avoid disappointment. Original art because after all you are original too. - Barbara Simpson
"Referencing the series, E-Motions of Love. WOW! Your paintings are becoming more and more an expression of your personality. Bright, colourful and explosive. There is something free about your latest paintings and I think it has everything to do with following your dream. Great work!" - M.G. Calgary Alberta
"Yes indeed I LOVE Georgia O'Keeffe and Emily Carr!! Not only for they shared their beautiful stories in their artistic ways, but for their independent strength as female artists, in a time of a man's world during that time." - Barbara Simpson (1998)
"Yes, it is very important to me to remain "original" in my work and use quality supplies. Painting in only one style or only one technique is not of interest to me either just as painting only one subject. There is just so much beauty in the world that surrounds and I want to paint that. Am I breaking rules by painting in a variety of styles, techniques and subjects? No, I am merely pushing the boundaries and I am an artist being my authentic self." - Barbara Simpson (2003)
"Marrying the styles of Emily Carr and Tom Thomson, two iconic Canadian painters I absolutely love, has been one of the best painting challenges I have received and continue to accept. Thank you!" - Barbara Simpson (2017)