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  • Barbara DeMott
    Style: Semi-realistic
  • Canadian landscape artist, Barbara DeMott

    “I hope to convey my love and respect for nature and the spiritual sustenance it provides me through my oil and watercolour landscapes.” — Barbara DeMott

    Barbara holds a Ph.D. in Art History and Cultural Anthropology, from Columbia University in New York City. She has taught Art history and Cultural Anthropology for over 25 years at universities in both Canada and the USA. Only after retirement from teaching, she has been able to focus on her own paintings.

    Barbara DeMott about her work

    Barbara explores western watercolour, oils, and cold wax, focussing solely on landscapes to express her profound love and respect for her surrounding forests and ocean.

    “For me, painting the landscape is an emotional response to the connection I feel with the energies, both fierce and gentle, that surround me in the forests and beaches around my Pacific Northwest home. I need to reaffirm my connection to nature through imagined painted landscapes.”

    Despite her long career in teaching art history, Barbara DeMott is considered an emerging artist.

    Meet the Artist

    We will visit Barbara at her studio in BC in the winter of 2019. A “"Meet the Artist"” blog will be available to you shortly thereafter. Meanwhile, you can browse her profile for more information about this accomplished artist and her work.

    Commissioned work

    Love her style, but cannot find exactly what you are looking for? Barbara loves to create a piece especially for you. Send us an email and we will connect you with her.

    Semi-realistic landscape artist, Barbara DeMott

    Always focused on arts since a child, and later fascinated by the variations of the human cultural experience, Barbara DeMott completed a Ph.D. in Art History and Cultural Anthropology, at Columbia University, in New York City. Coming to Vancouver, Canada, she taught world Art History courses at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Langara College and Simon Fraser University.

    After almost 25 years in Vancouver, she went on to teach at the University of Hawaii, as a visiting professor. Surrounded by budding artists and stimulated by research in Asia and Africa, art in its many forms and media has always been a part of Barbara’s life. During her years of teaching in order to understand my subject matter at an intuitive level, she studied Chinese brush painting and calligraphy, with noted artists from China as well as Japanese tea ceremony, and Bharata Natyam dance. She was rewarded with a Chinese name "Baolan" by her teacher, which she now uses to sign her paintings.

    It was only after she retired from teaching and have had the opportunity to spend many long hours hiking and walking on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, that she’s been able to focus on her own paintings. She explores western watercolour, oils, and cold wax and oil, but focuses solely on landscapes to express her profound love and respect for her surrounding forests and ocean.

    Barbara has exhibited in the local and annual Art Crawl on the Sunshine Coast in past years as a way to present her art to her community and tourists.

    Exhibition experience

    Below a selection of Barbara's exhibitions (past and present):

    2019
    • “Calgary Art Show”, Try it ART Gallery, Calgary, AB (G)
    2017
    • "Friends of the Gallery", annual exhibition for Sechelt Arts Council, Sechelt, BC (G)

    Barbara DeMott's Artist Statement

    Barbara DeMott: "For me, painting a landscape is an emotional response to the connection I feel with the energies, both fierce and gentle, that surround me in the forests and beaches around my Pacific Northwest home. Some days the forest beams with warmth and the shimmering light is filled with earthy richness and bird song. Other times the stormy seas and wailing winds reveal a dark, intimidating power."

    "In my daily walks, I marvel in the light, colours, and energy experienced here and hope to portray moments spent in this natural cathedral. Since I am compelled by a sense of urgency for the human world which has become increasingly alienated from the earth and its beauty. I need to reaffirm my connection to nature through imagined painted landscapes."

    About my work

    "My painted landscapes reflect my experience of nature's vitality with a limited palette, soft gaze and balance of positive and negative rather than a representation of a particular place. I enjoy mixing mediums such as brilliant pigments of watercolour and pastel with a cold wax overlay. I like to use oil paint in thin washes mixed with walnut oil. I often use spatulas, wiping and my fingers rather than brushes. Recently I have discovered gold leaf as a further way to accent colour and movement in my paintings."

  • Semi-realistic landscape artist, Barbara DeMott

    Always focused on arts since a child, and later fascinated by the variations of the human cultural experience, Barbara DeMott completed a Ph.D. in Art History and Cultural Anthropology, at Columbia University, in New York City. Coming to Vancouver, Canada, she taught world Art History courses at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Langara College and Simon Fraser University.

    After almost 25 years in Vancouver, she went on to teach at the University of Hawaii, as a visiting professor. Surrounded by budding artists and stimulated by research in Asia and Africa, art in its many forms and media has always been a part of Barbara’s life. During her years of teaching in order to understand my subject matter at an intuitive level, she studied Chinese brush painting and calligraphy, with noted artists from China as well as Japanese tea ceremony, and Bharata Natyam dance. She was rewarded with a Chinese name “Baolan” by her teacher, which she now uses to sign her paintings.

    It was only after she retired from teaching and have had the opportunity to spend many long hours hiking and walking on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, that she’s been able to focus on her own paintings. She explores western watercolour, oils, and cold wax and oil, but focuses solely on landscapes to express her profound love and respect for her surrounding forests and ocean.

    Barbara has exhibited in the local and annual Art Crawl on the Sunshine Coast in past years as a way to present her art to her community and tourists.

    Exhibition experience

    Below a selection of Barbara’s exhibitions (past and present):

    2019

    • “Calgary Art Show”, Try it ART Gallery, Calgary, AB (G)

    2017

    • “Friends of the Gallery”, annual exhibition for Sechelt Arts Council, Sechelt, BC (G)
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