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Barbel Smith

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. 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.

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