Art Education: Largley self taught, and with the help of the following art courses.

Barbara’s original paintings in oil, acrylic and water colour are infused with light and energy, reflecting scenes of nature as well as touching and often amusing images of people. A graduate of the Faculty of Music, U of T, she has had an active career teaching music and traveling abroad with youth groups in the Toronto school system. She now spends her time performing with the Northern Lights String Quartet and the Tamarack Quartet and indulges her passion for painting and wire sculptures in her Haliburton ArtbyHart studio. Largely self taught, she has taken numerous art courses, including life drawing at OCAD, as well as painting and sculpture courses at Fleming College of Art. Her works hang in galleries and private homes in Canada, the USA and Europe.

Artistic Goal

First I have to decide what art is and then I have to figure out how to do it. And that’s when it happens…

  • Haliburton School of the Arts Fleming College: ongoing courses in abstract, non- representational painting, sculptures in wire. (2002 – 2012)
  • Nielson Creative Centre: studies in the abstract (2003 – 2005)
  • Summer semester session of water colour painting in Camden, Maine, with American artist, Frank Webb, (2002)
  • U of T semester of Art History Studies in Siena, Florence (1995)
  • The Ontario College of Art: Life drawing (1990 -1992)
  • The Ontario Art Gallery: Life drawing (1988-1991)
ROM : Art classes ( 1986-1999)
  • Semester of water colour painting at Batchawana Bay, Ont. with American artist, James Scott, (1978)
  • Acrylic and water colour painting in Avignon, University of Lyon, (1977)
  • Acrylic painting in Aix- En- Provence, France, summer (1976)

Art Instructors and artists who have inspired and helped me:

Margaret Roseman, Steve Rose, Denis Cliff, Jack Reid, Charles O’Neil, E.A.Hart.

Mission Statement

My mission is to entice the viewer into an intimate, personal world, and for a brief moment, to be next to the inner self of others. With an eclectic taste in subject matter, I like to alternate between representational, non representational, and abstract works. The realm of distortion is an exciting one; seeing beyond the usual, bending reality, just for the thrill of it. For I believe that in this abstraction, truth can be found.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2020 Tour de Forest Summer Tour, ArtbyHart Studio, Haliburton
  • 2019 Tour de Forest Summer Tour, ArtbyHart Studio
  • 2018 Aug 17-18 ‘From Here to Abstraction’ SharpFitness Gallery, 1742 Bayview Ave, Toronto. Original oils, acrylics and watercolors; wire sculptures.
  • 2014 Enter Stage Right Kumf Gallery, Bloor West Village
  • 2012 Up Close and Personal Kumf Gallery Bloor West Village
  • 2011 Rainy Days and Mondays Toronto Library, Runnymede
  • 2010 Woodlands and Wetlands Rail’s End Gallery, Haliburton, Ont.
  • 2009 Suzuki Children in Concert Miles Nadal JCC, Spadina and Bloor
  • 2008 A Retrospective Timothy’s World Café, Mount Pleasant and Eglinton.
  • 2006 Artists in Action Timothy’s World Café, Mount Pleasant and Eglinton
  • 2004 The Artful Garden Timothy’s World Café, Queen St. East
  • 2003 Current Reflections Toronto Arts Week
  • 1998 The Faces of Ethiopia , Solo Benefit Exhibit, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief, George Brown College.

Selected Group Shows

  • 2010 July Coming About Chancery Art Gallery, Bracebridge
  • 2010 June A Walk on the Wild Side Show at Beaux Art Gallery, Brampton
  • 2010 Oct. From Here to Abstraction Beaches Home Art Show, Toronto
  • 2009 June Art in the Park Dundas Village Art Show, Toronto
  • 2008 June Earthworks Arowna Brooks Gallery, Toronto
  • 2008 June Juried Members Exhibition, Nielson Park Creative Centre, Toronto
  • 2008 June Juried Members Exhibition, Humber Valley Art Association, Toronto
  • 2007 May Artists Collective Group Show Etobicoke Home Art Show
  • 2002 A Gathering of Friends, Beaches Art Home Show
  • 1999 A Friendly Gathering, Beaches Art Home Show

Paintings of Barbara Hart are in private collections in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, US and France.