Barb DeRousie is a mixed media abstract artist currently living in Victoria, BC. She was born in Victoria and spent her early childhood on Vancouver Island light stations, where her back yard was the ocean. To this day, Barb feels most inspired when on or around the sea, whether walking the beach, ocean kayaking, seaside picnicking or camping with friends.

After a 33 year career in Nursing, Barb began her art journey in watercolour, showing her land and seascape paintings and culminating in her first solo show in 2019.

Influenced by abstract artists and educators Nicholas Wilton, founder of Art2Life and the Creative Visionary Program, and UK artist and teacher Louise Fletcher, of Find Your Joy, Barb had never had so much fun creating! This was a Turning Point for Barb, as she uncovered a hidden passion for mixed media abstract expressionism, and aptly naming her first solo show of this ‘new’ work in 2022.

Over the past few years she exhibited work at the Sooke Fine Arts Show (‘21 & ‘22) and the TD Paint-In (‘23), as well as other local venues. Early in 2024 Barb held a three week solo art show called Abstract Engagement, at the Gage Gallery in Victoria, BC which exemplified her growth as an artist compared to the earlier days of CVP.

Barb is a member of a number of local art communities including the Sooke Fine Arts Society, Arts & Culture Colwood Society, the Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society, as well as an active member at the Gage Gallery Arts Collective, located in Bastion Square, Victoria, BC.

Inspiration comes to Barb in many forms, but especially in the natural world and by paying attention to what moves her. She uses an intuitive approach to creating—a call-and-response process, providing her the freedom to paint more from what she feels, rather than painting using a reference. She prefers to take artistic licence by disrupting realism, providing her the freedom to be creative.

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