27 Sep 2021

Strong light, cumulus clouds and rainbows …

Strong light, cumulus clouds and rainbows 

I frequently slam on the brakes and jump from my car to photograph the rainbows that appear during unsettled weather. These plus huge cumulus clouds often show up in my work. The sky in West Cork shows the mercurial aspect of the landscape and can be used to balance the heaviness of rock and water. Bright days are essential to my reference material. I photograph on bright sunny days in order to get the most cast shadows which give objects in the paintings solidity and realism. This morning there was a rainbow veiled across Sugarloaf in Glengarriff.

06 Aug 2021

The Start of the Journey!

This last year or so has been very hard for many people, and death and despair have been lurking in our consciousness more than usual.

Unlike so many who find isolation difficult, I am truly blessed to be able to make things. Being made to stay at home was such a huge piece of luck for me. I have always struggled with guilt around the issue of work and as a consequence I have put paid work ahead of my creative career. The greatest artists are always those who dedicate themselves to the “journey” and stick with it. If you keep stepping off the path, or taking a different direction, you lose the thread of the journey.

The last 18 months is the first time in my life that I was able to stay on the path every day and move through the hurdles of creating something worthwhile.

Seagarden Studio

Oil painting is a very complex technical process. I used to think that you just slapped the paint on and because the colours were so intense and reflective that it would work. Through many mistakes and consequent research I learned more about this incredible material. It’s my plan to share this journey with you through these news pages.

01 Aug 2021

From Barbara Becker to Seagarden Studio

With the help of website and design guru Mike McCarthy of Creactive Studios, I changed the slant of my website to reflect the significance of my beautiful property.

I have spent the last 5 years bringing a very neglected garden back to life and now it is truly magnificent. I can walk to the water’s edge in a couple of minutes and dip my toes into Bantry Bay.

Seagarden Studio

I often kayak around Glengarriff harbour and Garinish Island. The studio was originally an old shed. It is now a sunny, comfortable studio looking out into the garden, a garden which gives me inspiration every day and a great place to reflect and develop ideas that become paintings in the end.

Seagarden Studio – it’s your time!

07 Jul 2021
The Grapevine

Interview with The Grapevine Magazine

I recently did an interview with The Grapevine, the well-known and very popular free monthly magazine circulated around West Cork and South Kerry, which appeared in their July 2021 edition.

You can read it here;

Barbara, can you tell me how you came to be living so far from Australia?
My father Roy Harvey, used to always be telling us about Ireland, and how we were distant relatives to the leader of the Rebellion on Vinegar Hill in 1798. And even though my dad never got here, Ireland was always the backdrop of our lives in Australia.

I came over here with a backpack in the early eighties and I’ve been dreaming of coming back ever since.

You’ve lived in a lot of different places, why is that?
Oh, you know. Life has lots of twists and turns.

I was blessed (or maybe cursed) with having two all-consuming passions; art and horses.

My husband and I owned and managed a world-class horse trekking business in the Rocky Mountains. Then I got into dressage and started competing. I found out along the way that both endeavours require total commitment. So, I made the decision to give up the horses and devote more time to developing my ideas and skills in painting. We always have to give up something to get something, I’ve found.

Why West Cork, the home of The Grapevine?
The wildness of it attracts me. The drama of the stones and mountains.

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07 Jul 2021

Exhibition at The Carnegie Gallery in Kenmare, Co Kerry

Get along to the Carnegie Gallery in Kenmare for a new exhibition of recent painting and drawings by Barbara’s Becker. Her art expresses the mysterious qualities of the countries where she has lived.

Carnegie Gallery in Kenmare

The exhibition opened on July 3rd and will run until August 29th, 2021. The gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Visitor numbers will be restricted due to Covid, so please be patient if you have to wait a few minutes for entry.

There are some fantastic artworks on display capturing the immense beauty of the surrounding landscapes – enjoy the show!

Read more here about Barbara’s ongoing exhibition and other news at the Carnegie Gallery in Kenmare here

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07 Jul 2021

Making a site of ourselves!

Welcome to our new website – after a lot of hard work it has finally arrived in all its shiny cyber glory. Seagarden Studio will not just be opening its doors as a walk-in Studio but there will be a lot of inter-action through the website as well.

We have loads of info about the studio and, utilising the best responsive technology, you can also see everything on phones a lot easier – so happy days all round! Thanks to everyone who have helped me along the way to get to this and to Mike McCarthy at Creactive Studios for all his help.

If you are reading this you are probably on it, so take a good look around and if you like what you see why not give us a call.

And if you don’t know already, I am Barbara Becker an artist based in Glengarriff in West Cork and I run my art studio Seagarden Studio overlooking the coast.

Go to our contact page and say hello.

So spread the word and keep checking in every now and again.