Barbara Rochester grew up in Germany, and first came to England in
1964, since when she has lived in the village of Lympstone on the Exe
Estuary in East Devon.
Barbara started out as the maker of beautiful clothes and objects from
fabrics and textiles, and was also a teacher of these crafts. She began
to paint seriously in the 1980s, and was soon encouraged by the
response to her work to devote herself to it full time.
Her distinctive paintings are intended to bring colour and beauty into
a domestic setting and take their inspiration from the colours of
mediaeval paintings and tapestries and from bright flowers and
fabrics. It is her use of colour, which is always vibrant but at the
same time calm and pleasing, that unifies a wide range of work, and she
often uses techniques which add extra texture to her work, such as
sgraffito or the application of gold leaf. She paints jewel-like
abstracts, mediaeval romances, and glowing flower still-lifes. Her
landscape paintings reveal a bolder, brighter vision of the Devon
countryside. While her portraits, especially those of children, are
much in demand.
Her work has been exhibited widely in East Devon and has won many
prizes and commendations. Barbara has exhibited with the South West
Academy of Fine and Applied Arts since 2003 and she became an
Academician in 2006.
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