January - March 2015
Artist Barbara Craig is known for her striking landscape work; bold paintings often influenced by the weather, of scenes captured in her mind’s eye whilst out enjoying a ramble. Originally trained as a fashion designer she has always loved to draw people and will jot down little sketches of folk and animals when out painting ‘plein aire’. Capturing instances of ordinary everyday life there is always humour in this work. Barbara often finds herself painting views and vignettes maybe considered by others as mundane but manages to introduce a quirky twist or a personal abstract way of looking at us and our environment. Her work, whatever subject, is brought to life with a spontaneous, vigorous use of media and colour to hopefully captivate the viewer. Barbara's 2012 body of work was entitled ‘Stories from things past’ and centres around her early childhood in Portballintrae where she was born. Barbara has been a professional artist for the past 8 years and has had solo exhibitions in the north and south of Ireland and exhibited and sold work in England and France.