SUMMER AT THE NOVA SCOTIA COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN  1998

 

About
Barbara Bickle

I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I combine careers in computer graphics and fine art. The variety of skills developed over the years have sustained a painting career, interspersed with exhibitions and freelance work as a graphic designer.

Early in my career I was interested in the structures and landmarks of the Halifax industrial waterfront. Oil rigs, grain elevators, hydro towers, and factories were isolated from their everyday surroundings by the elimination of familiar details – when set against orange, pink, or green skies they created a calm, noiseless and static environment. Portraits and still life paintings were painted in a similar manner.

While a fine art student in the 80s, I began collecting newspaper images referencing some of the cultural, historical and political events that we as Canadians have lived through. Often text was added to reflect observations, opinion or historical significance. Today I continue using newspapers to create a visual diary of Halifax landmarks and world events.

Another significant interest is painting portraits of friends. I have begun a new series that will be exhibited in 2021.

Member:
Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia
The Friends of the Public Gardens
Visual Arts Nova Scotia