Over the years I have amassed a great deal of still life objects and some I paint repeatedly. I try to catch the transient beauty of flowers and am fascinated by the problems involved in painting portraits.
There are many painters who inspire me and I go often to our great collections and loan exhibitions, trying hard always to look in order to learn.
I draw in sketchbooks or on any paper to hand, using pencil or pen and ink, deciding both what to paint or just because I love to.
I paint in oils as they are a flexible medium and stay wet long enough to make changes. Working with both sable and hog hair brushes on hardboard primed with acrylic gesso or stretched canvas I take differing amounts of time to complete a work, sometimes quite quickly in a few days but at others I may go on for much longer.
I also paint with watercolours, adding gouache and pastel sometimes and love trying to combine a delicate feel with a strong and convincing image.
Barbara studied at Chelsea School of Art, Manresa Road from 1975 to 1979 and was awarded the Christopher Head Scholarship for Drawing in 1978 and also represented the college at the RP in the same year. Barbara’s tutors included Patrick Symons RA and Norman Blamey. Both Sheila Fell and Euan Uglow were amongst visiting staff to the life room.
Barbara has featured in several publications including the Sunday Telegraph, The Arts Review and The Artist magazine.
In 1996 she was elected an Associate member of the RBA, becoming a full member in 1998. She is an RBA council member and was their newsletter editor from 2004 to 2009. Elected to the Small Paintings Group in 2007, she has been the Hon. Secretary since 2010.
She is involved in figurative art and paints still life in both oils and watercolours, and portraits in oil.
1979 – Christopher Head Scholarship for Drawing
1996 – Davidson Award for oil painting ‘Elaine’
1999 – Edward Wesson Award for watercolour ‘The Golden Bowl’
2003 – Davidson Award for best group of paintings
2004 - UBS Award for ‘Pots with a seed head’
2007 – De Laszlo Medal
2009 – The Russell Gallery Award
2011 – The Keepers Choice, RBA annual exhibition
2012 – Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize
1982, 1985 - Portrait Award exhibitions, National Portrait Gallery
1992 - Discerning Eye
1978, 1993- Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
1997, 1998, 2000 - Royal Watercolour Society, Mall Galleries
1992, 1999 - Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
1985 to 2011 - Royal Academy Summer exhibition
1989 to 2008 - New English Art Club, Mall Galleries
2007 - Present - Showing with the Small Paintings Group at their group exhibitions
2004, 2005, 2006 - RBA exhibitions, Red Rag Gallery
2011 - Pure Gold, 50 years of the FBA, Mall Galleries
2011 - Five Painters and a Sculptor, Russell Gallery
2011 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London with the Karen Taylor Gallery
2011, 14 - Josephine Harpur at Edmund Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds and Aldeburgh
2012 - Edmund Gallery with Small Paintings Group
2012 - Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon Fine Art
2013 - Russell Gallery, Putney. With three other artists
2013 - Martin Leman and Friends, The Gallery, Shepherds Market, Mayfair
2013 - Mall Galleries, Still Alive: Contemporary Still life painting by FBA members
2014 - Rye Gallery along with RBA members
2014 - Geedon Gallery, Fingringhoe with the Small Paintings Group Autumn exhibition
2014 - Russell Gallery, Putney. RBA exhibition
2014 - Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London, exhibition of Still life paintings
2014 - Lloyd’s Register, London. RBA exhibition