BARBARA SIMMONS, SCA/CSPWC/LWS
 
 
 
Artist's Statement
 
I did not choose watercolor; watercolor chose me. Without thinking of its significance, I naturally gravitated towards transparency in my painting. Color and light followed long before I ever touched a sable brush to a fine watercolor paper.
 
My paintings are inspired by what I see around me. Copying a flower or a landscape is not my goal, but painting these subjects and the beauty that I see in them is. Nature has and continues to provide me with the answers to my color design questions. My evident subjects in painting are flowers, landscape, still life, and the non-objective. The underlying themes that these watercolors have in common are transparency, color, and light. At the same time, these qualities are also what draw me to paint a subject.
 
 
BORN: Montreal, Canada
 
EDUCATION:
1990: BFA, Concordia University, Montreal (Art Education Specialization)
1985: BA, Concordia University, Montreal (English Literature & Fine Arts)
 
EXHIBITIONS: 1984 – 2012
 
Competitions:
- Louisiana Watercolor Society International Exhibition (5 x)
- Georgia Watercolor Society, Gainesville GA
- Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors (2 x)
- Watercolor Art Society-Houston, Texas International Exhibition
- Art Association of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- Western Colorado Watercolor Society, Grand Junction, CO
- Springfield Art League National Exhibition, Massachusetts (2 x)
- Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Toronto
- Canadian Kidney Foundation, Ottawa (2 x)
- Rideau Valley Art Festival, Westport,ON (5 x)
- Pelham Art Festival, Fonthill ON (10 x)
- Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, Jordan
- Cultural Center of Gatineau, Quebec
- Maison du Brasseur, Lachine, Quebec
- Dollard des Ormeaux Cultural Center, Quebec
 
Invitational Shows:
- Paradise Gallery, Sarasota, Florida (2 x)
- Galerie Richelieu, Montreal - Galerie Jackson, St. Ours, Quebec
- Galerie Manseau, Joliette, Quebec (12 x)
- Lieutenant-governor’ Garden Party & fund raiser
- Schorer Gallery, Montreal
- Marchant Gallery, Lancaster ON (2 x)
- 70th Anniversary CSPWC Exhibition, Roberts Gallery, Toronto
- 80th Anniversary CSPWC Exhibition, Roberts Gallery, Toronto
- CSPWC at the O’Keefe Center, Toronto
 
- Market House Gallery, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
- Galerie Le Quartier des Arts, Pointe Claire, Quebec
- Montreal Arts Club (2 x)
 
PUBLICATIONS   
- International Artist magazine, June/July 2010   
- Best of Worldwide Watermedia Artists, 2010
- International Artists’ Magazine, October/November 2008
- Biographical article in l’Aquarelliste
- THE BEST OF FLOWER PAINTING, VOL. II, North light Books
- 92 TRANSPARENCES: Louis Bruens
- 200 VISIONS NOUVELLES: Louis Bruens
- MAGAZIN’ART REPERTOIRE BIENNAL OF CANADIAN ARTISTS IN GALLERIES (6 x)
- Biographical article, MAGAZIN’ART
 
AWARDS AND HONORS
- Bronze Medal, SCA Salon, 2010
- Line Boisvert Prize, SCA Salon, 2009
- Finalist FLOWERS AND STILL LIFE competition, International Artists’ Magazine
- 2nd place LANDSCAPE SYMPOSIUM, Baie St. Paul, Quebec
- Grumbacher Gold Medal, Louisiana Watercolor Society
- Sartor Art Consulting Award, Springfield MA
- Jury Prize (1st), Symposium Lac Beauport, Quebec
- PRIX OGILVY, SCA Salon - SCA Members’ Award (2nd), 11th Salon
- Dessie Award for technique, 4th SCA Salon
- Les peintures de la fleur, Montreal Botanical Gardens (3rd place)
- Magazin’art Award, Montreal Arts Club
- Elected to membership, Louisiana Watercolor Society LWS
- Elected to membership, Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour CSPWC
- Elected to membership, La societe canadienne de l’aquarelle SCA
- Elected to membership, Lakeshore Artists’ Association LAA
 
REPRESENTATION: - Galerie Pierre Seguin, Montreal, Canada
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