"All of my paintings reflect upon my country life. Paintings of rural
landscapes and different animals, all of which are a link to my past. I
was born in 1939 on a 150 acre farm in East Zorra, Ontario, where my father
farmed with horses. My mom and dad had no boys, so I became my dad's helper.
As a result of these memories my paintings frequently reflect scenes of
haying, threshing, fetching cows, and scenes of country villages.
I never took lessons in painting. I just wanted to put my feelings on canvas.
I don't like painting straight lines, I prefer curves and waves. I do all
my painting at home in the country, and I use many different colours. I
started painting in 1977 as I realized I had no pictures of my dad's farm.
To keep memories of that farm alive my first picture was painted, and it
was entered into the Oxford County Juried Exhibition and won an award of
merit. It still have that painting. I did not take my painting seriously
until 1989 when an accident prevented me from working full time. I hope
that everyone who views my paintings receives as much pleasure as I receive
Barbara Clark Fleming is recently widowed, the mother of two adult children,
and lives near Woodstock Ontario. Her paintings are included in many collections
in Canada, the USA and Europe, including the Museum of American Folk Art
in New York City.
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