Bärbel Smith – Lyrical semi-abstract landscape paintings using acrylic or oil. Inspired by on-site plein-air sketches; the final result approaches the realm of surrealism.
Bärbel is a Canadian by heart and German born. Her fondest memories were growing up along the shores of Lake Huron and in the woods of Muskoka. Here she spent numerous hours with her sketch book and paints capturing the fascinating Canadian landscape.
Formal training was at the Alberta College of Art and her first show was at the Muttart Public Art Gallery in the eighties. Participating in various juried shows with the Federation of Canadian Artists at their Vancouver Gallery where she received the Honourable Mention Award from the FCA.
In the past 20 years she was accepted at various juried shows in Ontario, such as the McMichael Autumn Art Show, Toronto Outdoor Art Show, Society of Canadian Artists exhibition, Oakville show, Pelham Niagara, Love Art Show, Riverdale show, and the annual AGN show. Her work hangs in corporate offices, such as Weston Forest Products, Roadwarrior Inc., the foyer of the Durham Condominium Corporation, and in numerous private collections.
She has been featured in a magazine article titled “Light in the Landscape”; was awarded signature status with three national art associations, taught art classes for over two decades and currently resides in a country home surrounded by forest just an hour south of Ottawa where she paints full time.
“I create lyrical semi-abstract landscape paintings using acrylic or oil. I strive to see beyond the busy surface and interpret the light, colours and shapes of this numinous land. While my paintings are inspired by on-site plein-air sketches; the final result approaches the realm of surrealism – a landscape that isn’t quite what we observe, but rather is something that we might feel or yearn for.
My desire is to communicate peace, joy and hope through my art.”