Back to nature is more than a slogan to Perth, Ontario artist Barb Sohn. It is a reality.
In 2015, Barb downsized from her home in Ottawa, and moved to the Perth area to a cedar home at the end of a road in the maple woods. Over the winter, a small studio was crafted on the edge of the woods behind the house. After a year’s sabbatical from painting, Barb got busy in her new studio when she retired in June 2016 from her career as a social worker.
Barb is now living her dream come true as a full-time painter with the time to develop her work to its full potential.
Barb is a landscape artist who specializes in capturing the beauty of water and landscape in local Eastern Ontario, Quebec and Northeast U.S. Working in acrylics on canvas, she is showing recent works from local areas such as Murphy’s Point Provincial Park and Lanark County.
Her paintings are a reflection of her fascination with the interaction between light, colour and pattern in water and landscape. Because of the many layers of design and colour found in water, the possibilities are endless. Barb paints landscapes, but she always comes back to water.
Colour is important. She usually begins with an underpainting in contrasting colour, which provides vibrancy, contrast and continuity to the painting. The initial blocking is done with purple or red. Then, with the addition of colour, the painting takes on a life of its own. It seems that the best paintings paint themselves.
Barb was a member of the West End Studio Tour in Ottawa for 15 years. She is now a member of the Rideau Valley Artist Association, the West Carleton Art Association and the Ontario Plein Air Society. Barb is represented by Studio 87 in Perth and has exhibited at various galleries throughout Ottawa and the Gatineau. Her art is in collections all over the world.
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