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Barb is an artist living on the Gold Coast. Her works are predominantly scratchboard featuring mainly animals both big and small. Often these works show her quirky sense of humour.
Barb Graham is a Gold Coast artist specialising in scratchboard. After sampling many different mediums she settled on scratchboard after it was suggested to her by a friend. Having never heard of scratchboard previously she was somewhat dubious especially after investigating and discovering it was basically scratching a picture into a black board with minimal room for error.
She did not think that there was any way in the world she would ever have the patience to do something so intricate but surprised herself when she fell in love with it and has been trying to perfect her version of it for the last 5 years.
Barb creates detailed depictions of animals bringing life and character to each one scratch at a time. Her process is meditative and centred as she watches each and every face emerge from the depths of the black background. Whilst many scratchboard artists are prolific in adding colour to their pieces Barb only adds minimal colour mainly to the eyes so that the viewer can see and appreciate each individual line in the artwork. Quirky pieces are a favourite particularly goats and sheep which melds with the artists sense of humour and her country upbringing.
Scratchboard presents a continual learning curve posing many challenges for each artwork the process however provides a soothing outlet enabling different forms to be created scratch by scratch eventually evolving into a individual piece. She hopes that by depicting animals, and often peoples best friends, she shows the beauty and wonder of each individual animal with the artwork bringing happiness and as sense of love of that animal to each viewer.