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My name is Barbara Derrick, I'm a naturalist painter, mixed-media artist, educator, writer and speaker. My Indigenous heritage is Chilcotin. Somewhere in my Indigenous ties there is a Japenese|Chilcotin Great Great Grandfather called, "Lhatŝ’aŝʔin (Klatsassin). My father was Scottish, Ukranian and Hungarian. As you can see I have a rich body of culture within me. “When I was four years old I recall running my fingers over my mother’s hands. She was the first person who loved me. My mother told me her favourite colour was blue. Little did I know that it would become the hallmark of my art and my stories. I depict my people, my homeland and cultrue as they were.” I am known as the “Blue Artist,” but you will notice the dark "thalo blue" influence in the monochromatic paintings in my gallery have transitioned into canvases with brighter colors. No matter the medium, my art has always been a manifestation of my personal spiritual journey. I share my vision with the world and my stories to audiences in hopes of inspiring a deeper connection between you and your own life journey. I use art as a camoflauge to help break personal mindsets blocking creative energy. While the organic aesthetics of Mother Earth are the main influences of my work I am to create much more than superficially beautiful objects. My art challenges perceptions, expands your mind, honors the sacred and evokes feelings of warmth, mystery and spiritual connection.
About my Work
After being a Social Worker, then an Indigenous Cultural Art Instructor for more than two decades I opened my art studio in Edmonton. I have spent my life time perfecting my art and more than 7500 hours teaching adult learners in a college setting. In the past, I worked with clients, students and organizations. During those years I became aware of the subtle energy when people were in my space. The excitement I feel for what I’m creating inspires others to move forwards with ease! I realized my gift is to be shared with those who easily get just as excited as I do when a piece of art is being created.