About Me

Artist’s Bio

Born  in Montreal, Barbara  spent the majority of the last 20 years in Italy where she feels inspired by the beauty of nature and the rich artistic history.

She travelled back and forth between Tuscany, Italy and Sussex, England from 2012 to 2016 as she was doing her training in Steiner inspired art and art therapy at Tobias School of Art and Art Therapy.

Barbara was artist in residence at the Goetheanum, the world center for anthroposophy,  in Switzerland from October 2016 to April 2017. She  continued her research of the theme “ The Sacred in Nature” in her artwork and discovered that painting with plant colours is healing both for the artist and for the viewer as the image embodies the cosmic forces of the plant.

Her anthroposophical studies have inspired a deeper spiritual mood and technique; primary interests in her artwork are nature and plants; spirituality and colour. She is not completely representational nor completely abstract. She paints what she sees but the work is not completely figurative as her main interest is expressing moods and feeling through colour for example, the earth beneath our feet,  the air which circulates around us, the flower’s perfume, the variations in light, the heat of the sun on our skin. These are all sensations which are transmitted through the soul moods of the paintings.

Her goal is to bring healing by helping people to reconnect to nature and to create balanced and harmonious images that will enable positive spiritual forces to manifest more strongly in the world.

Recent Projects and Exhibitions

The Accidental Exhibition , Gallery 1313, Toronto CA, July 2018

Retrospective  Exhibition, Trinity St.  Paul’s Church Toronto, July 2018

Retrospective Exhibition, Levigliani Wine Art Festival, LU, Italy. August 2017

Fan Arte , Marina Eventi Tonfano, LU, Italy. 21 June to 1 July 2017

Incontro d’Arte a Pietrasanta, Galleria Daliano Ribani, LU, Italy. February 2017

Artist in Residence, Goetheanum, Dornach CH, October 216 – April 2017

Collective Exhibition, La Seravezziana,  LU,  Italy. September 2016 to present

Retrospective, Il Caffè del Palazzo,  LU, 19 August – 16 September 2016

Retrospective, Christian Community, Forest Row, UK. 27 May to 9 June 2016

Collective Exhibition, Creativity Festival, Koorana Center, UK. May 2016

Retrospective Exhibition, La Locanda degli Artisti, Italy. June – August 2015

Collective Exhibition, Pittore Itinerante della Versilia, Italy, August 2014

Collective Exhibition, Koorana Center, Ardingly, UK, February – July 2014

Colori dell’anima,(Colours of the Soul) Massa, Italy, May 2012

Collective Exhibition, Vinamore, Pietrasanta, Italy, May 2011 –  August 2013

Gatti Matti, (Crazy Cats) Collective Exhibition, Fiesole, February 2010

Mostra del Libro e del Fumetto, (Book and Cartoon Exhibition) Fiesole, IT. May 2010

Retrospective Exhibition, La Piadinoteca, Pietrasanta, Italy. August 2008

Retrospective Exhibition, Blackwater Pub, Pietrasanta, Lucca. July 2006

Danzare la Vita III, (Dancing Through Life III) Art Café 41, Pietrasanta, April 2006

Danzare la Vita II, (Dancing Through Life II) Laboratorio Linguistico, Massa, June 2005

Danzare la Vita I, (Dancing Through Life I) Town Hall Massarosa, May 2004

Qualifications

2012 – 2015 City and Guilds Level V ( ACGI), Transpersonal Arts for Health                      and Wellbeing, Tobias School of Art and Art Therapy, Uk

1993 RSA TEFL Certificate to teach English as a Foreign Language

to adults, International House, London

1990 Diploma to teach French as a Second Language, Beginner and Intermediate levels , University of Toronto, Canada

1988-1989 Diploma in Visual Art, Specialization to teach Visual Art teach at Elementary and Secondary Levels, McGill University, Montreal

1987-1988 Bachelor of Arts, Specialized Honours  Fine Arts, University of Guelph, On

1979  – 1984 AOCA – Associate Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada

General Studies