The Curriculum Vitae of an Artistic Soul
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.
A Pivotal Text for an Artist
And this is even more true for women artists
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- 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
More of My Articles About Art
- Luxury Gifts for Artists
I don't advocate these for students to buy - but if you have a celebration coming up these are gorgeous luxuries!
- A bit of the background and history to pastel
- Art in Limousin
Monet was here!
- Rochechoaurt castle is now a centre for contemporary art
Quite a large number of British artists here
Paintings for Sale
Not the best quality photos I'm afraid - I'm moving house and speed is of the essence!