About the Artist
Barbara was born in The Netherlands and lived in Europe until she immigrated in 1981 to Canada. She lives and works in Vancouver.
After travelling extensively throughout Europe, South, Central and North America, Africa and Asia, as well as working in the fields of , hospitality and travel industry and in interior design and photography, her search for a deeper spiritual meaning led her to a career in painting. After attending courses at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, in Vancouver, B.C., in addition to private training under well known artists such as Jeanne Krabbendam, Barbara is working full time as a mixed media artist and exhibiting her work.
Barbara has a great passion for life, music, and nature, and has found that painting has become a necessity in her life. Painting gives her a feeling of harmony and balance. As it is in life, so it is in painting. She enjoys allowing her paintings to take on a life all their own, and begins with a ‘get acquainted‘ period before seeing what the painting is about. The spontaneously created pieces reveal a passion for colour and exploration, using methods that include acrylics, oils, wax, graphite, charcoal, antiquing processes and inks.
Barbara’s work is inspired by human emotions, the earth’s shapes and movements, and sometimes reflects social commentary. Barbara’s long association with the world of art, combined with her love of travel, is evident in her colourful, rhythmic paintings.
The works of artists Mark Rothko, Piet Mondrian, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Jackson Pollock, Cy Twombly, Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning have all inspired Barbara.
Dutch Artist, Rembrandt
“Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.”
“Without atmosphere a painting is nothing.”
French Artist, Claude Monet
“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”
Barbara’s Artist Statement
“I believe painting is about balance of the mind as it is in life, so it is in painting.
Painting fills ‘the space in between’ a great passion for live, music and nature.”
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