Art Therapy: Spiritual Healing Through Artist Expression- Barbara Simpson
Evolved from strong emotional moments and journeys in my life and through the influence of my dreams, my passion to paint encourages me to explore deep within myself and create from these idyllic moments.
Since a few years before the turn of the new millennium I became more in-tune with my higher being, or ‘spiritual self’. Through the connection and inspiration of people around me, and through acquiring greater knowledge of a spiritual world and an understanding of colour and its effect in our everyday lives, I feel blessed with the ability to express myself in an artistic way.
My paintings define my individuality, along with my vibrant personality. Influenced by the styles of great masters passed, such as, O’Keeffe, Monet, Renoir, Manet, Carr, The Group of Seven and Gauguin, to name a few. I love bold colour with a style to call my own, representing my “joie de vivre”. My work is considered upbeat, warm, and flattering to the eye. And while I prominently work with acrylic paints, I have experimented with other media, such as, pen and ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolor and oil. I enjoy painting a variety of subjects, including abstract and portraiture, although, most of my work features flora and water/landscapes.
At a young age I was exposed to a life of travel that I grew to appreciate. I love to travel and experience cultures abroad, or be a tourist in my own hometown. There is a spiritual connection between my soul and water, and from this, my desire to be around this element soothes my soul, finding peace within. Photography, another great creative passion of mine, of flowers, sunsets, scenic landscapes, and portraiture are subjects that intrigue me as I peek through the lens of my camera.
I love all realms of the art world, including writing, photography and music, but painting is my true love. I take great pride in my work, which provides the world the rare opportunity to view life “through my eyes”; a point of view I’m sure you’ll find both unique and compelling.