Illustrating has been Barbara’s hobby since she was a child. She has been drawing in dots, lines & squiggles since she can remember and today’s work still incorporates the use of this technique.
Her pet project is ‘Tyalgum Illustrated’. She could see the village changing rapidly and wanted to preserve the iconic imagery that is Tyalgum and just started illustrating. She thought she might be able to create a pictorial archive book for future generations down the track. She has been working on the illustrations for ‘Tyalgum Illustrated’ for two years so far and plans to illustrate the entire village.
She says, “I really love Tyalgum and wanted to contribute something back to the community. We have a diverse locality, but the one thing we all share is the village.
“I see my illustrations as a snippet in time, captured in the ‘old-time’ black & white imagery. A black & white illustration activates our imaginations to remember ‘that time’ in Tyalgum. ‘Tyalgum Illustrated’ spurs us on to add the personal colour & diversity through our own story.”
Barbara exhibited in the Science-Art Festival which was sponsored by the Tweed Shire Council in 2000 and in 2004, as a part of the NSW City of the Art Space sponsored by the NSW Ministry for the Arts.
She held her first solo exhibit in September 2011 with great success and has recently been selected as a Finalist in the 2011 Essential Energy Countryscapes Art Prize held in Bathurst.
Barbara is also a poet & writer and has a short story featured in “A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul” along with stories from Princess Diana and Mother Theresa; and “The Best of Chicken Soup for the Soul – The Wisdom of Dads”.
Some of BECG Creations ‘Tyalgum Illustrated’ can currently be viewed at Tyalgum Store, Coolman Street, Tyalgum, NSW and Caldera Art Gallery at the Murwillumbah information Centre, Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah NSW.