ART EDUCATION: BFA, NSCAD University Certificate of Design, Sheridan College
TEACHING: Barbara has taught painting classes and workshops across Nova Scotia including for the extension division of NSCAD University
Process Large abstracts frequently begin with bold gestural strokes and drippy washes. After the initial spontaneous start, each painting is evaluated from a distance and over a period of time. Then the layering begins. Adjustments are made to composition, colour and texture, building, changing and refining until a satisfactory finish is achieved. This can take months or years. I start fast and finish slowly. I like to keep several paintings on the go in my studio and when I get stuck on one I move to another. This often means a change from high colour pieces to ones in quiet grays, blacks and white. I like that. It keeps my mind and way of working flexible. It helps maintain my interest.