Barbara Pickering grew up in an Artist’s home and has been painting and drawing all her life. Her father, renowned Canadian Artist, Jack L. Pickering was a great influence in her art. To this day, they enjoy painting together and recently hosted a joint Art Show. Her great-great grandfather, Joseph Langsdale Pickering was a Royal Academy Artist in England, with paintings held in galleries across Europe as well as in the Louvre in Paris.
She paints a variety of subjects, from expressive faces and mood inspired seascapes and landscapes to social issues dealing with the human condition. “I never limit myself to painting a singular subject matter….I love it all". Working in several mediums, she has come to love the versatility and feel of oils, and more recently, the fine work in India Ink.
She happily raised 2 daughters while pursuing a career and continued to foster her love of art. Living in two countries, she paints the beauty of both along with the stunning diversity of other cultures. Her curiosity plays a key role as a foundation for her art as she strives to capture that certain look or emotion on the faces of her subjects. She constantly challenges herself to depict the essence of human nature in her art.
As well as participating in group and solo shows in Barbados and Canada, Barbara's work can be found in Caribbean and Canadian Art Galleries. Private collections are held in Canada, US, China, Norway, England, Italy, Barbados and Germany. Her work has won International Awards and media attention.
"Art allows communication without words. I hope my paintings spark emotion for the viewer."