Barbara studied art at school in Ireland where she obtained her GCE in the subject along with several grades of RSA Examinations. At the age of 16 she received an award in the Caltex National Schools’ Competition. She didn’t take up painting again until the mid 1990’s, when she attended Adult Education classes under the tutorage of Brian Gallagher, who was the Secretary to the Pastel Association. Later she took tuition from John Green, who broadened her outlook and introduced her to Acrylics.
Since moving to New Milton, she joined Marilyn Kendal, where her drawing and watercolour skills were much improved. Wanting to paint in, what was her ‘first love’, pastels, along with other mediums, she attended Daphne Ellman’s classes and workshops. In the past couple of years, she has enjoyed working with Jane Puckering in Sway but now attends Jamel Akib’s workshops in Braishfield which are great fun and make painting very exhilarating and rewarding, experimenting in new media. Barbara has an Art Group at New Milton Memorial Hall, which meets twice a month, when they get together to paint and give each other support. She also paints silk scarves.
In 2009 she won the President’s Prize at the Highcliffe Art Fellowship Exhibition for her pastel painting of ‘Forest Fungi’. She has exhibited at St. Barbs, Lymington, in their Open Exhibition and also the New Forest Open Exhibition.
She is Chairman of Milford Art Group and has organised their Exhibition for the last 8 years. She is also an active member of Highcliffe Art Fellowship and Ringwood Art Society.
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