After a career of 39 years in Office Administration with a year's diversion as a Patisserie proprietor, Barbara moved to the Sunshine Coast with her husband in 1998. Barbara became interested in painting in 2008 when she undertook a watercolour painting course with Diane Somers Cook. She relished the experience of attempting to paint and seeing some improvement as she practised the techniques delivered in the weekly workshops.
Since then she has attended several Watercolour workshops by Jenny MacNaughton, Barry McCann, Cees Sliedrecht and Ross Paterson as well as Oil and Acrylic workshops with Todd Whisson, Michael Winters, Aileen Shaw, Victoria Fitzpatrick and Kasey Sealy.
Barbara's inspiration comes from the surrounding landscape. She is both challenged and excited to create images that express her impression of what she sees; enjoying the form which emerges of both the landscape and flowers in both watercolour, acrylic and oil.
As a member of the Blackall Range Visual Artists, Barbara has been enjoying the chance to share ideas and take part in workshops and exhibitions within the group.
|2017||Second Prize - Stanthorpe Agricultural Show - oil "Storm Brewing"|
|2017||Second Prize - Stanthorpe Agricultural Show - watercolour "Magnificent Magnolias"|
|2016||Highly Commended - Stanthorpe Agricultural Show - watercolour "Haunting Hibiscus"|
|2015||Second Prize - Stanthorpe Agricultural Show - watercolour "Fairy Wren".|
|2013||Highly Commended - The Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show Society - watercolour|
|2013||First Prize - Blackall Range Visual Artists Annual Theme Exhibition, Hinterland Heartbeat - watercolour "Montagues".|
|2009 - 2013||Lorenzas Cafe, Stanthorpe|
|2010 March||Artist of the Month, Lorenzas Cafe|
|2010 Oct||Kenilworth Art Competition and Exhibition|
|2010 Oct||Arts Connect Inc, Artists on the Green, Montville|
|2011 May||Art in the Old Church, Pimpama|
|2011 June||Maleny Art Awards and Exhibition|
|2011-2013||Montville Camellia Exhibition|
|2012 March||Cathedral of St Stephens Art Group Lenten Art Exhibition, Cycle of Life: A Window Opens|
|2012-2013 Dec-Jan||"With a little help from my friends" Art Exhibition Lockyer Valley Regional Art Gallery, with three others|
|2013 Jan||Artist of the Month, Lorenzas Cafe|
|2011-2013||Annually: Arts Connect Inc. Open Studios Trail|
|2010-2014||Blackall Range Visual Artists Exhibitions, Montville|