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The Curriculum Vitae of an Artistic Soul

Updated on March 2, 2015
Self Portrait Woman and Flowers 750 euros
Self Portrait Woman and Flowers 750 euros | Source

Curriculum Vitae Means 'The Course of My Life'

How fitting! I uploaded my CV onto this lens with lists of education and employment, dates and exhibitions, but this is only the bare bones of the real meaning of Curriculum vitae which can be translated from Latin into this beautifully wide and all-encompassing phrase; the course of my life.

When you follow the meandering route of my career, down valleys, up mountains, by still waters, you will wonder what could possibly join all these activities together, but the thing that makes sense of it all is art. This curriculum vitae is one of an artistic soul searching to put art in the very centre of her life.

I'm still searching for a way to be able to live by my brush, and will probably end my days doing so. Has this voyage been a successful one?

Who knows? One thing I can tell you is that it has been an interesting one, and perhaps that will suffice at the end of the day.

Barbara Walton

A Pivotal Text for an Artist

And this is even more true for women artists

Portrait of Virginia Woolf by George Charles Beresford (1902)
Portrait of Virginia Woolf by George Charles Beresford (1902) | Source

A Room of One's Own

by Virginia Woolf

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." A Room of One's Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929

This is such a potent and pithy concept that applies not only to women writing fiction, or creating art, but for everyone and almost all persuits that are not paid and don't generate a living. Without a secure space to live and work, and without an income large enough to support yourself, it is hard to find sufficient time to make and market artifacts.

There's also another aspect to this that would have been as much a block to the women artists and writers of Woolf's time as to women now, the space must also be in the mind, and the literal space of the room must be protected from all the distractions of life.

No wonder so few people have the means, the energy and the strength of mind to devote their lives to art.

Some of My Work Has Been Included in These Books - You'll find my drawings and paintings used as illustrations

Collins Complete Drawing Course
Collins Complete Drawing Course

A beautiful hardback book liberally illustrated this is a great book to have, to use and to keep for life. This is a thorough and sound introduction to drawing for a serious student. There are a wide range of illustrations drawn from professional and famous artists.

The Complete Painting Course/a Comprehensive Learning Guide and Reference Manual
The Complete Painting Course/a Comprehensive Learning Guide and Reference Manual

A partner to the Complete Drawing Course, this is also a beautifully illustrated book with a range of styles. It is a course which takes you step-by-step through a programme which will guide you and help you to explore the world of painting.

York Art Gallery
York Art Gallery | Source

My Education and Training

Qualifications in art, teaching and landscape design

We drew at home - all the time as children. My father brought scrap paper home for the railway offices and night after night my brother, sister and I could be found lying on our bellies in front of the TV drawing. As we got older we resorted to tables, and then, one year for my birthday, I was given an easel. A proper, substantial artist's easel which I still use today, (about forty years later!) No wonder then that my brother and I chose to go to Art School after leaving secondary school. It seemed like such a natural step.

1975-76 York College of Art, Foundation course

1976-81 University of Edinburgh, Master of Arts Fine Art Degree

1981-82 Postgraduate Diploma in Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art

1983-85 Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching (Further Education) part-time Garnett College, LONDON

1992-94 Masters degree in Landscape Design, University of Manchester

Image: York Art Gallery. In my day the College of Art was situated at the back of this beautiful building in the centre of the historic city of York

Black Irises by Barbara Walton

Black Irises by Barbara Walton
Black Irises by Barbara Walton | Source

Solo Exhibitions

1988Mercury Gallery, London

1989Grape Lane Gallery, York

1993Angel Gallery, Tiverton

1993Mercury Gallery, London

1994Exeter Arts Centre, Exeter

1997Grizedale Forest Gallery, Grizedale

Roses in Silver by Barbara Walton

Roses in Silver by Barbara Walton
Roses in Silver by Barbara Walton | Source

Prizes and Scholarships

1981John Kinross Award - grant to study three months in Florence

1981Katriona White Prize

1982Professor Duckham Prize

1982Elizabeth Greenshields Award to study in Sienna

1994Dew Group Prize - for best landscape design

Freesias in Gold by Barbara Walton

Freesias in Gold by Barbara Walton
Freesias in Gold by Barbara Walton | Source

Artist in Residence

1982Painting Fellow Gloucester College of Art. Artist-in-Residence with teaching on first year degree course for one year

1996Ruskin Gallery/Colle Verde Bursary, Colle Verde, Lucca, Italy. One month October/November

1997Grizedale Forest. Two months, February/March

Painting at Colle Verdi Near Lucca in Italy - I was an 'Artist in Residence' at this olive grove and vineyard

Lucca, Italy
Lucca, Italy | Source

The most beautiful place in the world, or at least one of them. I was so lucky to be invited to spend a month painting and drawing here.

Woman with Red Flowers by Barbara Walton

Woman with Red Flowers by Barbara Walton
Woman with Red Flowers by Barbara Walton | Source

Group Exhibitions

1982 Two-person exhibition, York University

1983 Four-person exhibition, Gloucester College of Art

1985 Mercury gallery, London and Edinburgh

1986 Mercury Gallery, London and Edinburgh

1987 Four-person exhibition, Charterhouse Wine Bar

1987 Drawing Exhibition/Competition, Paisley Art Institute

1987 Mercury Gallery, London and Edinburgh

1987 John Player Award Competition, National Portrait Gallery

1988 Leicester Exhibition for Schools and Colleges

1989 Mall Galleries Open Exhibition, London

1989 John Player Award Competition, National Portrait Gallery

1989 Mercury Gallery, London

1990 Mercury gallery, London

1991 Mercury Gallery, London

1991 'Woman's Eye', Exeter Arts Centre

1992 Mercury Gallery, London

1993 Mercury Gallery, London

1993 'Woman's Eye', Exeter Arts Centre

1994 Laign Landscape Competition, City Art Gallery, Salford and The Mall Galleries, London

1996 Four person Exhibition, Kasteel Groeneveld, Baarn, The Netherlands

1996 Open Exhibition, Stockport Art Gallery, Stockport

1997 Laign Landscape Competition, The Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax and The Mall Galleries, London

1997 The Ruskin Gallery/Colle Verde Bursary Winners exhibition, Graves Gallery, Sheffield

1998 Vital Art exhibition, Atlantis Galleries, London

2000 Mercury Gallery, London

2011 Gallerie dix-neuf, Saint Mathieu, Limousin, France

Kastel Groeneveld

Kastel Groeneveld
Kastel Groeneveld | Source


Self-employed Artist 1983 - present

Supported myself with part-time teaching, secretarial work and landscape design

1999-2 Landscape Designer Bradford Metropolitan District Council

1996 -99 Full time carer for son

1995-96 Landscape Designer Randall Thorp

1994-95 Landscape Designer Bury Metropolitan Council

1991-92 Admissions Secretary Exeter University

1990-91 Clerical Officer Estates Dept. Wonford Hospital, Exeter

1986-89 Adult Education Teacher, Ealing, Hounslow and ILEA - ran recreational art classes, GCSE Art History

1983-86 Teacher Notting Hill and Ealing High School, London -taught 'A' level Art, Art History and Woodwork

1982-83 Painting Fellow Gloucester College of Art - Artist in Residence with teaching on first year degree course.

How to paint and draw
How to paint and draw | Source


  • The Artist and Illustrator - July 1991 'In Conversation with the Artist' by Philip Vann
  • The Complete Painting Course, Ed. Ian Simpson Published by Quarto Press Plc 1993 (Work used as illustrations)
  • The Complete Drawing Course, Ed. Ian Simpson Published by Quarto Press Plc 1993 (Work used as illustrations)

Buy Ian Simpson's Complete Painting Course Here - An excellent guide ...

... featuring some of my paintings!

Black Iris in Gold - by Barbara Walton


Paintings for Sale

Not the best quality photos I'm afraid - I'm moving house and speed is of the essence!

Birds Eggs and Heather

220 euros
220 euros | Source

Black bowl in Rose

450 euros
450 euros | Source

Black Hill and Folly

350 euros
350 euros | Source

Black Hill Matraia, Italy

350 euros
350 euros

Drawing of a Woman

350 euros
350 euros | Source

Five Carnations

600 euros
600 euros | Source

Forest Path

600 euros
600 euros | Source

Forest Path Grizedale Forest, Lake District UK

600 euros
600 euros | Source

Fresias in Silver

450 euros
450 euros | Source

Grizdale forest

450 euros
450 euros | Source

Italian Hill Town

485 euros
485 euros | Source

Landscape near Lucca, Italy

485 euros
485 euros | Source

Night Landscape Grizedale Forest

380 euros
380 euros | Source

Hare and Silver Chalice

750 euros
750 euros | Source

Grizedale - Light on Forest Path

300 euros
300 euros | Source

Three black pots

425 euros
425 euros | Source

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    • steadytracker lm profile image

      steadytracker lm 

      4 years ago

      A very informative lens. Thank you so much for taking the time to share all of this great information on art.

    • John Dyhouse profile image

      John Dyhouse 

      5 years ago from UK

      Love the flower paintings, wonderfully evocative

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      6 years ago

      Bonjour! Lovely Lens, really. Is the light there in France as lovely as it seems. I was born in Syracuse, NY, and currently live in W. New York State. So it only gets very bright a few times a year (some spring days, some fall days and parts of July/August. From what I've seen of the art rep. by france, the light seems so bright and crisp at times. I lives in London for a semester of college in 1990, so I think I just missed your shows. (its very green there, but wasn't overly bright there but for a day or two)

      Anyhow I just wondered... I'm looking forward to reading/looking at the lenses you make.

      Sincerely, Anna2of5

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      6 years ago

      You are truly an artistic soul. And if I ever get to visit France I will surely spend a night or two at your bed and breakfast.


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