I paint to reflect the beauty in the world around us. To produce serene, happy scenes for reflection, my watercolours are very gentle in the mix of colours and in the choice of simple shapes. I feel that there should be difference between a painted work of art and a photograph. Therefore, my landscapes convey mood rather than show a lot of detail.
I mix the colours to achieve bright, sun-filled landscapes, encouraging the viewer to leave the painting filled with a sense of optimism and good cheer. Every so often a subject comes my way which makes it ideal for graphic art, combining watercolour and pen or calligraphy. These pieces are suitable for children´s rooms as they are not formal but rather playful in nature.
Drawing skills are the basis of artistic mastery. They require training in observation as well as in drawing techniques. While other artists prefer to draw nature or architecture in considerable detail, I focus on portraits in pencil. They are the first step to developing pencil drawings with lots of detail and can lead to mastering formal portraiture in oil or acrylic.
I enjoy teaching mainly for the pleasure of seeing students develop in their artistic expression. Starting with watercolours encourages creativity and loose, free-flowing experimentation with colours before learning basic drawing techniques. While the classes are fun, they also require concentration and discipline, resulting in attitude and skills readily transferable to the outside world.
My artistic vision also leads me to photography where my sense of light and composition captures the subject and draws the audience´s attention to my interpretation of the moment.
Barboria Bjarne has been artistic all her life with interest in interior design/space planning. While her original career choice was to be an architect, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, and obtained the CMA designation.
Determined to draw a portrait of her then 7-year-old daughter, she decided to take a beginner drawing class. After three years of art classes and more year of being self-taught, she began teaching private art classes and handwriting.
Her artwork is very versatile - creating with a gentle, delicate technique she paints cheerful watercolours, detailed portraits, or graphic designs.
As an artist, my greatest joys in creating art are to express myself and to have others appreciate my art. To accomplish this, I like to use bright and brilliant colors in my artwork and paint subject matters which appeal to the viewer. Subjects for my artwork vary from landscapes to still-life, flowers to the human figure, and anything else which might capture my interest. At times, much of my artwork is inspired by the different seasons of the year. I also might focus on a series of paintings with a common thread, such as still-life, for intensive two or three months.
I had the opportunity to take quality art courses, where I learned new art techniques in a variety of media – watercolor, pencils, colored pencils, photography, acrylic, watercolor pencils, printmaking, oils, and sculpting with clay. My favorite medium to work in is watercolor as it allows me to paint loosely and freely. I especially enjoy trying new textures and techniques in watercolor.
When I need inspiration for my artwork, I often turn to one of my many hobbies – playing the piano and violin, listening to classical or 1950s music, going outside for a walk or playing a sport, taking photos, reading, or taking part in a lively conversation. Learning something new and gaining a new perspective on an issue is usually what replenishes my creativity and provides me with an abundance of new ideas. My goal in being an artist is to create meaningful and beautiful artwork to share with viewers. I want to invite the audience to make a connection with me, as the artist, through my artwork.
If it weren’t for my mom, I would not be where I am today. It was my mom who taught me how to persevere through tough times and it was from her that I learned the importance of choosing a career where I would be doing something that I love to do.
Having been homeschooled since grade 5, I had the time and flexibility to try many things and to develop creativity, independence, and critical thinking – skills which entrepreneurs possess. As a child and teen, I competed in sports such as swimming, figure skating, fencing, and cross-country skiing. I played the violin in youth and community orchestras and took piano lessons. I took a few art classes, and as a member of a 4-H club I learned public speaking skills.
Through trying many activities, I discovered that I really enjoyed art and music. Encouraged by my mom’s example, I always had fun experimenting with painting in watercolor and learning how to mix colors. I also had great times playing in orchestras and in music duets at recitals. Once I realized this, I could then see myself pursuing either art or music as a career after I had graduated from high school in 2008.
In 2012, I graduated with my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Academy of Art University (AAU) in San Francisco. In AAU's program, I had found an excellent program in foundational fine art skills and took classes in figure drawing, watercolor, portraiture, and more. In 2016, I graduated with my Master of Arts in Communications degree with a major in Public Relations from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).
I enjoy doing art and music which I want to share with other people. Since fall 2010, I have been teaching violin and piano lessons. I can pass on my enthusiasm for playing those instruments to my students while at the same time providing a flexible schedule for them. In addition to teaching music lessons, I am also a freelance artist. I have participated in art shows over the past few of years – two with the Foothills Art Club, a Rock Pointe juried art show in 2010, my first solo art show in Oolong Tea House in April 2011 in Calgary, AB, and my graduating art exhibition in December 2012 in San Francisco, CA. I also offer my communications services to companies and groups for their communications plans.
I find inspiration by spending time in the mountains and by visiting new places. The mountains offer quietness and tranquility to ponder new ideas. I spent time in Oregon and Montana where I improved my photography skills and added to my selection of photos. I am very happy and thankful for all the opportunities and experiences I have had along the way. Each new opportunity brought a time of learning from which I gained confidence and new skills. Here is to everyone finding their path of happiness and fulfillment in life.