Artist Barbara Simmons
While raising a family of four children, Barbara decided to return to school in 1974. She studied as a part time student for the next fifteen years to achieve a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education. A variety of art media were the content of these studies. All had one result in common – TRANSPARENCY. The oils were transparent; the acrylics were transparent; the drawings were transparent; the sculptures had aspects of transparency. When Barbara started watercolor classes in 1981, she realized the significance of what she had been doing during her years of study.
While she was studying English, Barbara found herself drawn to the ‘romantic’ poets and their words visualizing the co-existence of man and nature. Nature has always been her source of inspiration for the images that she paints. However, light, color, and transparency are the abstract understructure in all her work. Color in particular, is a continuing focus of study.
What Barbara has learned and what she is continuing to learn has become the content of the courses that she teaches. She finds teaching to be both motivational and inspirational for her own work.
Process is everything to Barbara. Her personal journey has led her to be elected to the Canadian Society of Aquarelle, the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Color, and the Louisiana Watercolor Society. Over the past twenty-five years, she has exhibited her works in galleries in Montreal, Toronto, Annapolis Royal and Sarasota as well as juried competitions both nationally and internationally.
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