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Barbara was born and raised in New Zealand before immigrating to Canada in 1972. She has lived in Vancouver, Ottawa and, for the last six years, in Almonte, Ontario. She has graduate training in Mathematics and Psychology and has pursued careers in university teaching and consulting. Artistic expression was discouraged in her home and for many years her love of fabric was expressed pragmatically in sewing her own clothes and knitting her own socks and sweaters. Her artistic journey began as she explored her love of color in quilting. Restricted by the confines of traditional quilting she began to design her own wall hangings. Her work focused on themes found in nature until a life crisis left her struggling with the effects of childhood trauma. Through therapy she began her own spiritual journey of recovery and her work reflects this journey in her exploration of the range and evolution of human emotional experience. She considers her work to be highly intuitive. Her creativity is not a deliberative process. Rather she responds to titles and/or images that come to her unbidden and trusts that her spirit will guide her to the finished product. With this orientation she does not work to schedules or deadlines. Instead she indulges her passion for observing people and their experiences, and waits for her heart to distill her observations in readiness for her next piece.
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The support of the Government of Ontario through the Programs and Services Branch of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture is acknowledged.