Alberta artist Barbara Hirst has been absorbed by water all her life. Her fixation on reflective illusion is present in all her works, often painted in far-flung locales from Ireland to Venice.
-Burano, 2011 – From a series painted in Venice
To gaze at a reflection is to witness the melting down of the physical world. Straight edges bend and dissolve on water’s surface. Colors merge and become muted, shimmer and shift, revealing a densely packed world of light and color like a thin tapestry of woven light. – Artist Statement for Water Gazing exhibit.
–Water Gazing, 2010
Hirst’s background includes early recognition as a promising artist, then a prominent career in art therapy and art education which led her as far away as St. Petersburg, Russia. Hirst has traveled extensively in Ireland where she had an exhibition in 2008, and where she illustrated a book of Irish poetry. Her current base is Calgary, Alberta.
Note: All images from Peter Robertson Gallery website in Calgary.