Bärbel Smith is a contemporary Canadian landscape artist, whose paintings are reminiscent of Lawren Harris’s middle period. Bärbel has received her training at the Alberta College of Art, exhibited in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal. Her paintings hang in private collections in Germany, England, US and Canada. She uses primary acrylic colours; mixing, pulling and pushing until the right colours and values emerge. Then applying this to the freshly gessoed canvas. "As an artist I want to meld and intersect the spiritual with the landscape we live in; to incorporate faith and its impact on art by illumination and light-filled canvases; and to find a deeper sense of space and being. My inspiration is from the Canadian Group of Seven, particularly Lawren Harris and his desire to enlighten, uplift and edify. Art is a way for the soul to reach out and touch the immortal; to catch a fleeting glimpse of God. My subject is the ever changing Canadian landscape and the striving of the soul to make sense of the world. Art is a form of communication for me; communication between heaven and earth."