BÄRBEL SMITH, SCA
Be sure to hear Bärbel describe her artistic passion and vision on her homepage video here.
Bärbel (pronounced Bear-bull) was born in Germany and immigrated to Canada with her family as a child. She has always loved painting, even early on – and the Canadian landscape captured a fascination within her. She grew up near Huntsville, Ontario with its numerous lakes, forest, hills and rocks. Here she spent her spare time sketching and painting.
Later she lived in western Canada and received her training through self – study and attending Alberta University of the Arts. studying under William Parker. Her first show was at the Muttart Public Art Gallery in Calgary.
Since then, she has travelled from coast to coast capturing the colours, light, and joy in her depiction of the Canadian landscape; focusing on the emotive use of colour and line – erasing extraneous details and infusing her paintings with a spiritual vision. Numerous layers of glazing give her paintings a glow - as if lit from within.
She was recently featured in a magazine article titled “Light in the Landscape”; has taught art classes for over a decade and a half and currently resides in a country home surrounded by forest where she paints full time.
My subject matter is the Canadian landscape and my method is smoothly applied paint whether acrylic or oil. I strive to see beyond the busy surface of things and capture the light, colours and shapes of this numinous land. While each painting is inspired by on-site plein-air studies and sketches; the final result pushes the boundaries to something more transcendent, more spiritual; as if I am painting the soul of the landscape.
Painting is a form of communication for me, communication between heaven and earth. A way for my soul to reach out and touch the immortal; to catch a fleeting glimpse of God. Each body of work becomes an adventure where I can re-unite with creation and my own immortal being.
Selected Juried Shows and Exhibitions:
2020 Society of Canadian Artists Online Juried Show
2020 Federation of Canadian Artists Shows: Group of Seven - Vancouver;
2020 Elaine Fleck Gallery, Creative Minds Exhibition , Toronto, ON
2020 Federation Of Canadian Artists Gallery, Group of Seven Show, Vancouver, BC
2020 Glengarry Artists' Collective Show, 580 Main St. S., Alexandria,ON
(Plans: 2020 All physical shows cancelled until the fall)
2019 Federation of Canadian Artists: Active Members Exhibition, Awarded Honourable Mention
2019 Elaine Fleck Gallery, Best of New Submissions Show, Toronto, ON
2018 Federation of Canadian Artists, Juried Shows: Artists Choice, Small and smaller show, summer showcase, Oh Canada Exhibition, Scenes of Western Canada show,
2018 SCA online juried exhibition, Letter Perfect show
2018 Pelham Niagara Show, Riverdale Artwalk Toronto, Artwalk in the Square Show Toronto,
2017 McMichael Autumn Art Show, McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, ON
2017 Pelham Niagara Show, WC Stoufville Show, Oakville Show,
2016 Riverdale Show, WC Stoufville Show, Pelham Niagara Show, Oakville Show, Queen West Art Crawl
2015 Love Art Show. Riverdale Show Toronto, Cabbage Town Show Toronto, Oakville Show,
2015 Group of Seven Seniors show, Art Square Gallery
2014 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition TOAE –juried show
2010 to present Cobourg Art Club Shows
2008 to 2011 annual Art Gallery of Northumberland shows
2006, 2008 Kawartha Art Festival
2001 to present numerous juried shows with Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver
1994 Dorval Art Show, Montreal
1990 Federation of Canadian Artists Show, Calgary
1988 Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
2020 represented by Koyman Galleries, in the Ottawa, Ontario area
Awards, Designations and Noteworthy Mention
2020 Society of Canadian Artists (SCA - elected member designation)
2019 Honourable Mention Award, Active National Members Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver BC
2015 Commissioned painting for the Children’s Wish Foundation- Prints hang in hospitals in Ontario
1998 Federation of Canadian Artists (Active member status)
Weston Forest Products
Durham Condominium Corporation
Sick Kids Hospital
and various private collections in Canada, US and Germany
Josie Newman, "Light in the Landscape" The Link Arts, Entertainment, Lifestyle Magazine, Autumn 2018. (http://the-link.ca/light-in-the-landscape/)
Bill Hornbostel, "Colborne Painter Having A Grand Opening in April" The Cramahe Now Community News Magazine, March 5, 2018 (http://www.cramahenow.com/?p=9119)
Nasmith, Cecelia, “Colborne Artist Expands Children’s classes” The Colborne Chronicle – Northumberland Today March 31, 2015.
Brown, Moira, interview “Family faces trouble with grace” 100 Huntley St. Interview, (2 episodes) May, 2011
Owen, Bob, “Township Art Classes”, Cramahe Now Feb 13, 2011
Nasmith, Cecelia, “Art for the Lord show supports Children’s Wish” Northumberland Today, May 16, 2008
Northumberland County Arts Guide – Premiere Edition 2008
2004-2019 Art Instructor at own Studio/Gallery
2005-2018 Art Instructor in community libraries
2018 Janet Read – Workshop – understanding abstraction
2017 Jon Anderson Workshop
2013 Brian Smith, figurative abstraction workshop
2012 Art in Libraries- workshop
1996 to 98 Athabasca University
1994 to 95 Briercrest Seminary
1986 to 88 Alberta University of the Arts – studied under William Parker