Barbel Smith is a Canadian artist who uses a particular style of Lawren Harris and The Group of Seven. Her paintings are hand crafted using stretched linen canvas and painted with acrylic paint using only primary colours. Each painting is unique and one of a kind. Barbara's own photo references are used and sample sketches are available. Her work will be displayed this Labour Day weekend at the Distillery for our year end Artfest Toronto show.
"As an artist I want to meld and intersect the spiritual with the landscape we live in - to incorporate faith and its impact on art by illumination and light-filled canvases; and to find a deeper sense of space and being.
"My inspiration is from the Canadian Group of Seven, particularly Lawren Harris and his desire to enlighten, uplift and edify. Art is a way for the soul to reach out and touch the immortal and to catch a fleeting glimpse of God.
"My subject is the ever changing Canadian landscape and the striving of the soul to make sense of the world. Art is a form of communication for me, communication between heaven and earth."