Artsy Fartsy Tuesday – Barbie KowalikToday’s Artsy Fartsy artist is probably one of the most diverse artists I have ever featured. She paints, she beads, she does embroidery and makes yummy and delicious jelly. I told her she must have way more hours in her day than the me to get all that done. And done well, I might add. The jelly from Beary Good Stuff, sounds to die for. Most of you know Barbie from her blog, Cat from Hell. I’ve been a casual visitor to her blog, but I’ve now mended my ways and subscribed. Obviously I have been missing out on some fun. Barb mainly shows her cat paintings on her blog, so I get to show you some fun stuff you may, or may not have seen. Like this awesome painting of these moose in winter. Of course we love this one. This one is really nice!! Barb sent me some info about herself, and all the different types of art she does. Barbie Kowalik is an artist and artisan food creator (http://www.BearyGoodStuff.ca) in British Columbia Canada. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Calgary (Wood Sculpture) and attended the Alberta College of Art (Metal Smithing). After graduating, she promptly went into the computer field and her artistic endeavors were embroidered and crochet.
In 2000, her mother passed away and one of her mother’s major regrets was Barbie had not pursued her art, so Barbie did. First she created hand painted floorcloths, these were well received, however most people wanted to hang them on the wall, rather than walk on them so Barbie started to paint on canvases. She began to show twice a year with a group of artists in Calgary. Slowly she began to paint more and more and evolved into a bright vibrant style that has concentrated on mostly animal portraiture. With her portraits she has helped several causes. The major one being a no kill rescue group in Calgary, for whom she has painted 12 of their rescue cats for a calendar and the paintings were made into prints, were all the profits went to the group. The prints continue to generate a small income for the group. She also created intricately beaded jewelry, embroiders card bags and spirit dolls and created what she calls Palm Painting. These Palm Paintings are a combination horoscope/palm reading that include all of her research into an individual’ palm reading and birth horoscope. Barbie also sells her work through a Gallery in Lethbridge Alberta.Why is Barbie a Barbie and not a Barb or Barbara? There are 2 other artists out there with the same name, One paints under Barb Kowalik and the other under Barbara Kowalik. We have all corresponded and have chosen to differentiate ourselves.My Paintings and other Art can be found online here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/p