Sharin Barber

About Barber 

Sharin Barber would describe her style as expressionistic. “I paint to convey a feeling or an emotion of being in a landscape. When I mix a colour, I rely on what I am feeling and it lets me know when I get to the right colour and tone balance, [The artist likes to keep her tonal range close together]. My tools are mostly palette knives and huge putty blades, which make me feel like a painting ninja!”

Barbara attended Ontario College of Art and graduated with honors from Communications and design in 1980.

“There is no greater joy, than to pass one colour into another and step back, …..there it is … it feels like the top of water…..” The artist assimilates her subjects of nature and water through what appears to be effortless brushstrokes. Her paintings are really a result of years of astute observation and a devout love of a subject matter translated through her gift of artistic expression and the viewer has only to glance quickly to fully behold the honesty and emotion her landscapes exude.

Sharin Barber’s favorite artists are many, “I could live in a Velasquez painting very easily, but I would like to have visits with Lucian Freud, from time to time. Pierre Bonnard is basic magic to me and the power of motherwell….. I can dream with, then hopefully ending my day with a Whistler nocturne,” the artist states that, “if there is a common thread in all these great artists, it’s colour and brushwork, the brush strokes are the most you can say in a manner that is as simple as possible….”

“I want my BFF to be Mary Cassatt, I think we could have gotten into a lot of trouble together!”

“I want the viewer of my work to feel with their eyes, what is the emotion from a landscape or to have the same feeling of joy, watching a much beloved dog retrieving a ball in the calm of a lake cottage.” “The Joy of standing in the snow, warm, dry, and enjoying the snow falling on a field of trees. At the end of all our days, these are the only things we take with us, the joy of memories of all the moments. These Landscape Ghosts help deepen our connections to our time on this beautiful planet, it helps a viewer piece together the fabric of a beautiful life.”

Retriever in Waves

Retriever in Waves


Waves

Waves


Water Dog

Water Dog


Barn Scene

Barn Scene

Exhibitions

Harumi Gallery

One-Woman Show, 1990


Barber-Bedard Gallery

Owner and exhibiter, 1993


Barber-Sachs Collection

Owner and exhibiter, 1994-2002


Barber Home & Gallery

Owner and exhibiter, 2002-2005


Delta

1125 Gerrard St East

"Outlands" Group Exhibition

November 2015

Delta

1125 Gerrard St East

"Rock in a Hard Place" Exhibition

November 2016

"Anita's Friend's"

Group show by Anita Kunz for the Storybook Monkey Sanctuary

April 2017

Contemporary Art Fair of Rochester

Kristen Campo Fine Art

November 2018