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Barbara Richardson was born in 1944 and graduated with a B.A (Hons) at Chelsea School of Art.  She was awarded the Christopher Head Scholarship for Drawing and represented College at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. At Art School Barbara had the good fortune to be encouraged by Patrick Symons RA, with whom she worked on Wimbledon Common over several summers after leaving College.  Patrick Symons’s interest in wild flowers was infectious and his meticulous way of working immensely instructive.
Barbara first saw an exhibition of etchings by Giorgio Morandi at the Tate in 1991 which made her catch her breath, and since then she has looked at painters of that genre and fallen in love with their art. She has always loved work by such artists as Piero della Francesca, Velazquez, Gwen John and Paul Modersohn-Becker and has loved the still life work by the Spanish painters, Luis Melendez, Juan Sanchez Cotan and Goya, and by the painters Chardin and Fantin Latour.
Group exhibitions include paintings accepted for the National Portrait Gallery John Player Portrait Award Exhibitions, Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, Singer/Friedlander Watercolour Competitions, Royal Watercolour Society Opens, London Group, RP, ROI, New English Art Club, Discerning Eye and RBA exhibitions at the Mall Galleries London.
Elected ARBA in 1996 and a full member in 1998, Barbara has won several prizes at their annual open exhibitions, including the prestigious De Laszlo Medal.
Barbara was elected to the Small Paintings Group in 2007 and Hon Secretary of the Group since 2010.  She has shown with the Group in their yearly exhibitions and with other Galleries as an independent artist.
Barbara Richardson continues to be fascinated by the intriguing process involved in working to create an image that has weight and conviction, using her collection of ordinary everyday objects and her oil paints.