Shona Barr was born in 1965 and graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1988 where she was also the recipient of the Landscape Prize and the Armour Prize for Still Life. Shona Barr continued to train at Statens Kunstakedimi in Oslo, the Winchester School of Art, Barcelona and the University of Southampton.
Drawing her inspiration from nature, Shona Barr's paintings reflect her continued interest in capturing and expressing the essential vitality of the Scottish landscape and climate, articulated through panoramic sea views, fields rolling into the distance, and dynamic floral canvasses. Colour is a key element in her work.
Shona Barr is an active member of the Glasgow Art Club. Her paintings have been exhibited in numerous shows through out the UK and her work is held in the corporate collections of United Distillers, John Menzies plc, Robert Fleming Holdings and Proctor & Gamble.
Shona Barr's paintings reflect her continued interest in capturing and expressing the essential vitality of the Scottish landscape and climate, articulated through panoramic sea views and fields rolling into the distance. Her working practise begins with detailed watercolours painted 'en plein air' enabling her to absorb the atmosphere and catch the changing light which alters the colour and mood of the terrain. Over the years, Shona has found herself drawn back time and time again to working by the sea. There is constant change within the shifting tides, and the colours of the sea which are transformed from one moment to the next as clouds move past. In the studio, the final painting becomes a distillation of the key elements, articulating the sense of the place rather than describing it in detail. The brushstrokes play with the boundaries where completely abstract marks come together as a recognisable image.