Born in 1939, Barbara has enjoyed a long and successful career, pursuing her first love - painting.
Although guided and influenced by several well-known Australian Artists, she is basically self taught. Her expertise, has developed over five decades, and for many years she was a well-respected tutor in both oils and pastels, and is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement from teaching.
To Barbara painting is a passion, and sharing her gift is important to her. She has demonstrated her techniques in painting at Art Societies and Rotary Art shows throughout Victoria, and over the years has been called upon to judge many of these eventl.
Since 1971 Barbara has won approximately 100 major awards as well as many commendations too numerous to mention. These achievements have gained her much recognition throughout her career.
Barbara paints mainly in pastels and oils these days, but she is also noted for her work in gouache and occasionally watercolour. Through these media, she captures with true colour and clarity of vision her love of the Australian countryside. Barbara likes to explore her inner vision, and always endeavours to re-define her spiritual relationship with the Australian environment as well as the English and European and more recently the USA environments.
Over the years Barbara has held regular solo exhibitions and in 1998 and 2000 she had two very successful solo exhibitions in England, UK. In 2012 she held a Retrospective Exhibition at the Sherbrooke Art Society, Belgrave, and more recently in 2013 one at the David Sumner Gallery in Adelaide, and 2014, at theBrialyn Boathouse Gallery, Frankston
Publications include:The Australian Artists magazine: Aug.1988-Article and demonstration.
Australian telephone directory: 1989 - Front cover reproduction, 057 area code, white pages.
The Australian Guild of Realist Artists magazine: Front cover and article.
Australian Artists Today Book.:1st edition. 1974 - Biography and reproduction.
2nd edition 1979 Biography: 3rd edition -1984, Biography and reproduction.
Pastel Artist International: 2nd edition 1999-2000 - Reproduction.
Barbara was a signatory member of the Victorian Artists Society, and is an ex councilor and a signatory member of The Australian Guild of Realist Artists (A.G.R.A.F); an honorary life member and Past President of Sherbrooke Art Society; an ex member of Ringwood Art Society, and a member of the Pastel Society of Victoria.
Landscape - Maindample
Some of Barbara’s Awards include:
1971 Annual Award – Sherbrooke Art Society
1973 1st prize for Miniature – Royal Melbourne show
1st Prize Bright Autumn Festival.
1976 1st Prize - Monbulk Rotary Art Show;
Charles Godden Award - Sherbrooke Art Society.
1977 1st Prize - St Albans Rotary Art Show.
1978 1st Prize - Sir Arthur Streeton Award, Sherbrooke Art Society
1st Prize - Monbulk Rotary Art Show.
1979 1st Prize - Sir Arthur Streeton Award – Sherbrooke Art Society.
1980 Diamond Valley Acquisition Award
1981 Ist Prize - Bright Autumn Festival Award
1st Prize - I.D.Y.P Award-Wandin
1st Prize - Sunbury Rotary.
1982 1st Prize - Streeton Award – Sherbrooke Art Society
1st Prize -Yallourn North
1st Prize – Box Hill City Art Show
1st Prize - Sunbury Art Show
1983 1st Prize - Frankston Festival
!st Prize - Bayswater Rotary Art Award
1st Prize - Shrerbrooke Art Society - Tom Roberts Award
1984 1st prize -Korumburra Rotary Art Show
1st Prize - Sunbury Rotary Show
1st Prize - Mooroolbark Art Show
1985 1st prize – Mt Lilydale Art Exhibition
Special Award – Altona Rotary Art Show
Best Oil – Hamilton North.
1986 1st Prize – St Albans Rotary Art Show;
1st Prize - Wesley College;
1st Prize – Brighton Rotary Exhibition;
1st Prize – Waverley Park
1987 Best Local Content – Belgrave Fire Brigade Art Show;
1st Prize - Spring Exhibition - Sherbrooke Art Society
1988 1st Prize – Bayswater Rotary - Mixed Media
1st Prize Overall Award Corio Rotary Art Show
1991 1st Prize – Mansfield Hospital Auxilary Art Show
1994 1st Prize – Pastel - Wangaratta
2002 1st Prize - Sir Arthur Streeton Award – Sherbrooke Art Society
2003 Best Non Traditional – Pastel Society of Victoria
2004 Best Traditional Pastel – Wangaratta Art Show
Most Popular Vote – Spring Exhibition – Sherbrooke Art Society
2005 Artist of the Year Award - Ringwood Art Society - 1st Prize for 3 works
2006 1st Prize, Pastel – Knox Rotary Art Show
1st Prize, Pastel – Mount Waverley
1st Prize–Yarra Ranges Vintage Artist’s.
2007 1st Prize - Landscape – Pastel Society of Victoria;
2008 1st Prize – Hamilton Rotary
1st Prize River/Lake Scene – P.S.V
Best Pastel – Wangaratta Art Show
2009 Runner-up - AGRA Autumn seasonal Ex.:
Best Painting - All mediums–Knox Rotary Art Exhibition
Highly Commended – Camberwell Rotary Art Show:
1st Prize, Best Pastel - St Kevins Art Show.
1st prize Best Pastel – Mt Waverley Art Show
1st Prize AGRA Spring Exhibition
2010 Merit Award – Corowa Federation Art Exhibition.
1st Prize, Overall Exhibit Mont de Lancey Acquisition Award
1st Prize - Best in show Award - Pastel Society of Vic.
1st Prize – oil painting between $400-700 – Rotary club of Hamilton North
People’s choice Sherbrooke Art Society Spring Exhibition
2011 1st Prize - Pastel – Korumburra Rotary
1st Prize for oil – Belgrave Fire Brigade Art Show
Runner-up in Best in show, Pastel Society of Vic.
1st Prize - Pastel – Wangaratta Art Show
2012 Merit award - Corowa Art Show
Major award, 50th year anniversary Exhibition, “Best local Content - BRIGHT
1st Prize - Best works on paper Box Hill Rotary
3rd Prize - Mont De Lancey
2nd Prize Landscape - Pastel Sosiety of Victoria Ex.
Best Local content-Wangaratta
2013 1st Prize - works on paper, Corowa Art Show.
Volunteers Award - Phillip Is.San Remo Art Show
2nd Place – Warrandyte/Donvale Rotary
1st Prize - Best Pastel - Rotary Club of Drysdale
1st Prize - Best Pastel - St Kevins Art Show
1st Prize - AGRA-AAL Autumn.
1st Prize - Best Landscape Pastel Society of Victoria
2014 1st Prize - Best pastel - Korrumburra