"The act of painting feels to me like a conversation with my world, so full of good images and people. What I see compels me to respond with line, colour and feeling. Through this ongoing dialogue I express a deep undercurrent of appreciation for a beautiful and overwhelmingly visual world."
Born in Toronto, Barbara Sutherland graduated from the Ontario College
of Art and Design in 1984 after a final year of study in Florence, Italy.
She is a member of both the Ontario Society of Artists and the
Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.
Barbara’s travels by boat and RV across Canada provide abundant material for her work. Summers are spent cruising Lake Huron’s North Channel where Barbara paints in oils and watercolours in secluded anchorages, along wooded trails and windswept shores. A rugged, remote landscape appeals to her. With abundant enthusiasm for life’s adventures, Barbara delights in the solitary hike to find new inspiration in nature.
A bold manner expresses her delight for new places, coastal landscapes, changing seasons and her love of colour, both seen and felt.
While Barbara considers landscape and the energetic abstraction of it to be the thrust of her work, she is fond of portraiture and turns her hand successfully to it as well. In the 2010 CSPWC international juried competition, a portrait of the artist’s father won the Curry’s – M. Graham & Co. Award for watercolour.
Collectors of Barbara’s paintings comment on the excellent use of colour and line to create good, rhythmic compositions. In the words of the late Doris McCarthy, “Barbara’s works show a delightful sense of design. She uses colour with freedom and courage which makes her paintings good to live with.”
Private and corporate collections in Canada, United States, Australia, Europe
2010 Curry’s & Graham Co. Award for Watercolour,
CSPWC Open Water Juried Show
2008 Woolfitt’s Award for Watercolour, CSPWC Open Water Juried Show
2000 Ledsham Award, Ontario Society of Artists Juried Show
2000 Woolfitt’s Award for Watercolour, Scarborough Arts Council
1981 Printmaking and Drawing Award of the Year, Guelph University, Fine Arts
1976 Artist of the Year Award, Sir. John A. MacDonald Collegiate
2018 Water Reflections, CSPWC juried exhibition
2018 CSPWC/SFA Exhibition, Avignon France
2018 Inside/Outside, Fool’s Paradise
Yorkminster Park Gallery, Toronto
2017 Water and Pigment: Mysterious Interactions
CSPWC Diploma Collection, Peel Art Gallery
2015 The Kingston Prize, Canadian Portrait Competition Finalist
2015 Watermark, CSPWC Ontario Regional Juried Exhibition
2010 Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Open Water, Toronto
2008 Scarborough Arts Council, Hiu-Shiu Hung Gallery, Toronto
2008 C.S.W.P.C., Open Water, Toronto
2008 Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2006 C.S.P.W.C., Open Water, Toronto
2005 Ontario Society of Artists, Hummingbird Centre, Toronto
2004 Cancer Fundraiser Show, Tilley Endurables with Doris McCarthy, Toronto
2004 S.A.C., Annual Juried Show, Toronto
2004 Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2002 S.A.C. Annual Juried Show, Toronto
2001 S.C.A., Annual Juried Show
2001 Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2000 Women on Front, Peterson Fine Art Gallery, Toronto
2000 O.S.A., Art and Healing Exhibition, Toronto
2000 Art Gallery of Mississauga, Annual Juried Exhibition
2000 Society of Canadian Artists, Annual Juried Exhibition
2000 C.S.P.W.C., Open Water, Toronto
1999 C.S.P.W.C., Open Water, Toronto
1999 Inspired by Newfoundland, Heliconia Club with Doris McCarthy
1999 O.S.A. New Member’s Show, Toronto
1998 Bowmanville Arts Centre, Annual Juried Show
1997 Colour and Form Society, Annual Juried Show
1995 Colour and Form Society, Annual Juried Show
1993 C.S.P.W.C., Open Water, Toronto
1993 Gallery 306, Annual Juried Exhibition, Toronto
Ontario Society of Artists
Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour
"Painting is a natural extension of how
my mind rests upon my visual experience.
When my mind settles upon an image, sensing a fullness of meaning, sensing
weight, then the idea of a painting hatches. For me, art comes from the desire to extend that moment of visual appreciation."
"Painting strengthens my connection to nature and it is nature that then provides a palpable pathway to the hearts of others."
"I honour the sketch as I believe it serves as the most authentic and honest
expression of any subject."
A.O.C.A., O.S.A., C.S.P.W.C.
© Barbara Sutherland