Since an early age, Barbara has lived in Tasmania and enjoyed bushwalking in its beautiful environment. Her appreciation of this landscape led to her interest in exploring it as a digital printmaker now she has retired from science teaching.
“Although the techniques I use to make my prints are constantly developing with emerging technology, I aim to achieve qualities often found in the works of watercolour artists. I use a camera to catch my original images, but it is not a perfect print I want and my work includes images captured on a range of digital cameras, including a mobile phone. Photoshop software is my principal tool. The way I use this to massage my image layers into a form I want often remains somewhat a mystery to me, but the process I undertake has many similarities to that of evolution.
In making changes to the layers of photographic images that have emerged as one in each final print, I hope an essence of the original landscape is recognisable through the colours, shapes and textures. Most prints are based on Tasmania, especially Bruny Island where I live. I tend to focus on the gentle colours that come with morning or evening light and softly clouded skies - times of a day when the birds I may use in my prints take advantage of the many garden birdbaths.”
Barbara’s work comes in the form of limited edition prints and are printed on Canson Infinity Velin Museum Rag 315gsm 100 % cotton rag paper.