Barbara Stuart, mother of four adult children and a Pastors wife, is a working multi-media artist- in water-colour, pastel, oils, glass pencil and silk. She paints landscapes, flowers, wildlife, seascapes, streetscapes and portraits as well as concepts depicting a story or idea.
She has a passion for the Australian landscape especially the vast deserts of the Australian centre and the Northern Territory which she visits annually. A mainly self-taught photographer, artist, and teacher of water-colours, Barbara has staged many solo and shared art exhibitions in Victoria over the past 18 years. Her work is in private collections in Australia, the U.K., New Zealand, Japan and the U.S.A. Her images are also sold on cards and larger prints.
Barbara is passionate about multiculturalism and reconciliation in Australia. Through several trips to the Northern Territory, she has forged strong links with the Warlpiri people. She has initiated and undertaken a series of arts/reconciliation exchanges between Melbourne and Warlpiri women, so as to foster mutual understanding and to celebrate shared goals and dreams between Australian women of diverse cultural backgrounds.
Barb is widely travelled and seeks to reveal some of her passions through her work. She sees painting as a tool for communicating concepts, including her great love of light, design, colour, texture, tone and beauty, especially in Australia's outback.
Her annual cultural visits to the Warlpiri community of Yuendumu N.T., plus her Afro/South American Aussie family have had a big influence on her life, faith, thinking, musical interests, cooking and artistic expression.