barb McGUEY


Creativity is dynamic, it asserts life, frees the human spirit, conquers mental lassitude and illness, and makes real the outrageous potential of the universal imagination. (Robert Genn)

Artist Statement

Artist”: A habitual practiser of a specific activity” ~ Oxford Dictionary

My habitual practise, traditional oil painting, some water colour and the act of drawing/sketching. Inspiration comes in many forms, usually the landscape. Starting with a meditative walk with ever present, constant companion, best friend “Ottie”. His quiet, pre-occupied demeanour leads to my observation and contemplation of our surroundings for the next painting. Changing seasons, weather and light make the landscape a common and challenging subject among artists. The challenge: to portray it in a different and interesting way that is unique to my experience. Be it realism or impressionism, how light provokes emotion or my use of colour, these things I try to capture in paint. Coming from an architectural illustration background means trying not to paint every detail I am attracted to. It’s an obstacle always in my way. I periodically appease the ‘beast’ by complying and rendering a still life.

“It isn’t climbing the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ~ Robert W. Service


Graduated Interior Design, Humber College, Toronto.
Self-taught, many artist’s workshops including
Architectural Illustration, David Spann, Toronto

Oil Painter’s of America ( OPA )

Federation of Canadian Artists

CSPWC (Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour) 1995

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Corporate Collections

Bank of Montreal Colarossi Designs, Toronto CSPWC Members Collection Durham Regional Police Briar Hill Estates Guidelines Advertising Lawlor & Company Mecsmart Systems, Newmarket Oshawa Art Association Newmarket Municipal Offices


Commissioned by the Mayor of Newmarket– five illustrations of heritage areas in the Town to be given as prints to visiting officals. Town keeps the originals Newmarket Heritage Art Show, Mayor’s Purchase Award (2006,07,09)
Newmarket Heritage Art Show,Honourable Mention 2010
ArtFest on Main, Best Oil Painting & Best Water Colour
Open Water, CSPWC, John B. Aird Gallery International Whittnauer Award , Oshawa Art Assoc.Best Use of Colour. Willowdale Group of Artists, Ann Nichols Award
Artist of The Year, Oshawa Art Assoc.

Juried Shows: to 2017

2017 Warkworth River Art Festival “Expressions” John Parrott Gallery, Belleville, Ontario
2016 Newmarket Studio Tour MaClaren Art Centre, Barrie (benefactor Program) 2015 Southlake Gallery, Newmarket Schomberg Street Art Festival Hartman Gallery, Newmarket Newmarket Studio Tour
2014 Southlake Gallery, Newmarket Newmarket Studio Tour
2010 Cobourg Art Festival Polo for Heart, Aurora
2009 Cobourg Art Festival Newmarket Heritage Art Show Toronto Art Expo 2008 Best of the Best, Royal Winter Fair Masters Fox Hound Assoc. (MFHA) Centennial Art Show, Toured North America through CrossGate Gallery, Kentucky
2007 Northern Euphoria, Gallery on the Lake ArtFest on Main, Newmarket
2006 Post Cards from Home, Latcham Gallery, Souffville Newmarket Heritage Art Show
2005 Newmarket Theatre Gallery Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa annual Spring Show Southern Waters, Art Centre Gallery, Leamington Willowdale Group of Artists Annual Spring Show Wallace Gallery, Executive Show A Brush with History, Art Gallery of Mississauga

1995-98 McMichael Fall Art Show & Sale


51 King St. E.
Colborne, ON

Open Hours

Thursday to Sunday
12 to 4PM, March thru December