About Barbara

I am an artist currently based in Somerset, UK. I work in a variety of media but drawing is central to the way I explore my subject matter, using observation, imagination and invention. Over the years I have focused on many different subjects, but landscape and animal studies form the core of my current work.

Animals make lively and challenging subjects and translate well into greetings cards and limited edition prints (both available from my website). The cards and prints started with birds: flouncy birds, grumpy birds, kookie birds, glum birds and silly birds. These fantasy creations began when, housebound due to a broken leg, a small book of rather scrappy sketches made in Paradise Park, Hayle, became the starting point for a new imaginative journey. When my mobility returned the animal studies spread into seagulls, dogs & cats, and farmyard animals.

My landscape studies are large and expressive, and often echo the figure studies and nudes of my earlier work. I use a range of media including watercolour, gouache, collage, charcoal & conte, and have recently started including hand mixed paints created from grinding down pigments I collect when out make studies. Occasionally I also produce small pieces in carved stone. The landscapes & sculptures are original works available from galleries or direct from my studio. Please contact me for more information.

 


 

 

Brief CV

 

2016  -  solo ‘Land & Life’ show ACE Arts Somerton Somerset

2012  -  drawing sessions and exhibition Blue Owl Gallery, Granthham

2011  -  solo show Animal Drawings Old Mill Gallery Worton

2011  -  Moved to Somerset

2010  -  two person show Open space Galleries Penryn

2010  -  solo show Fur & Feather Old Mill Gallery Worton Wilts

2010  -  solo exhibition Clare White Gallery Elsecar South Yorks

2009  -  solo show Fantastic Veryan Galleries Cornwall

2009  -  Newlyn Society of Artists selection for A Cornish Perspective RWEA Bristol

2008  -  solo exhibition Wine St Gallery Devizes

2008  -  included in three person show Open Space Galleries Penryn Cornwall

2008  -  curated drawing show for St Ives Society of Artists

2007  -  solo exhibition ‘Overview’ Vitreous Contemporary Art

2007  -  incl in publication ‘St Ives 1975-2005 Art Colony in Transition', by Peter Davies

2006  -  selected for NSA exhibition Goldfish Contemporary Art Penzance

2006  -  selected by Open Space Galleries for art fairs

2006  -  accepted as member St Ives Society of Artists

2005  -  two person show Vitreous Contemporary Art Truro

2005  -  selected for NSA exhibition Thompsons City Gallery London

2005  -  selected by Norbert Lynton for ‘Critic’s Choice’, Lemon St Gallery Truro

2004  -  two person show Lang Gallery 50 Redchurch St. London E2 7DT

2004  -  mixed show Wine Street Gallery Devizes

2003  -  exhibition of drawings ‘Looking for the Light’ Truro Cathedral

2001  -  stone carving Portland Sculpture Trust

1999  -  solo exhibition The Schoolhouse, Morvah, Cornwall

1998  -  two person show with Tim Newman, Exeter University Geological Museum

1997  -  mixed show ‘Another View’ New Millenium Gallery St Ives

1996  -  Included in publication Drawing Towards The End of a Century, NSA

1996  -  included in publication ‘Another View, Art in St Ives‘, Marion Whybrow

1994  -  accepted as member Newlyn Society of Artists

1992  -  moved to Newlyn, Cornwall

1990  -  solo exhibition The Devizes Gallery Handel House, Devizes

1990  -  solo exhibition Arlington Mill Bibury, Glos

1989-1992  -  teaching at Trowbridge College and Salisbury College of Art

1989  -  solo exhibition The Athenaeum Warminster, Wilts

1988  -  solo exhibition Devizes Library Devizes, Wilts

1984-87  -  BA (hons) Fine Art painting Gloscat Cheltenham

1982-84  -  Arts Foundation Trowbridge College, Wilts

1949  -  Born Wiltshire