Abstract painting to Barbara is the exploration of emotions and states of mind such as feeling, intuitive living, meditation, zen, being in the moment. The syntax is colour, line, texture, movement, space, shape, form as in the automatic dialogue of artist and material.
Each work is surface and, material. Content is influenced by intuition, knowledge, and process. Fragments of today's world, the mind's eye, felt realities, become part of the painting. Adding, subtracting and reworking are part of the painting. The artist and the viewer see the work in different interpretations.
Moments, and experiences; like a musical dub, a remembered sound, line of a song, walking on a path, sounds of nature, water, the sea, the imagined and the real; become paint marks with life and presence.
Barbara comes from a background in practicing and teaching art, specializing in painting and ceramics.
Barbara was educated in British Columbia in the school system and at the University level. Upon moving to Nova Scotia further levels of fine arts studies at the university and community level have been pursued.
A commitment to personal development, self education and research in fine arts has been integral to the practice of art making for Barbara.