Susan Rae Barker
was born in Claresholm, Alberta on February 14, 1956. Her father was in the Air Force and they were transferred to Greenwood, Nova Scotia where they lived until she was 8. A subsequent move brought them back to Alberta. They settled at Raven and she was schooled at Spruce View. After high school, she lived in Calgary, went to college in Red Deer, moved to Caroline, married, moved to Brooks and in 1985 moved back to Red Deer. She and her husband John have three children; Dylan, Beau and Regan.
has always been a major part of Susan’s life. Winning an art contest at an early age definitely spurred her forward and sparked a competitive nature. She received art instruction in high school and tried all mediums in 2D art and with clay in 3D art. She seriously considered enrolling in the Art program in college but had reservations about her abilities so took secretarial science instead. She continued to paint in oils and acrylics and do and teach pottery until the birth of her first child. With space concerns the paints were put into storage but she still worked with pastels, some watercolour, pottery and branched out into photography.Another creative outlet during the child raising years was much seamstressing.
In the winter of 2000
she took an 8 week evening college course in watercolour with Susan Woolgar. She then put away her sewing machine and let watercolour take over her life. She takes courses at the college and at workshops.
to the Red Deer Art Club, the Alberta Community Art Club Association (ACACA), the Allied Arts Council, the Red Deer Pottery Club and P’Artisans. She loves to enter juried shows and the fair, believing that competition and critiquing helps you to hone your skills.
She goes to work
with her husband in the oilpatch and spends lots of time painting at the rig. All her paintings are done in watercolour and she like realistic work. She paints a variety of subjects and topics; still lifes, small snippets of landscapes, animals and portraits.