Barbara Aroney started her life on an isolated farm, later moving to the coastal town of Nowra on the south coast of NSW Australia. From there she went north to Newcastle, where she studied art and teaching. She had a rewarding career teaching art at a number of country NSW and Sydney Schools. As a teacher she believed that the visual arts is an essential facet of education and was committed to achieving the best for her students, as people and in their school certification.
Since leaving teaching she has worked as an artist in a collaborative studio in Rozelle.Her artistic practise is based on responding to the world, on observation and on mark making. She paints in oils, draws in charcoal and conte and experiments with printmaking techniques. She also has an interest in making artist books.
Her subjects include the countryside and interior spaces, often of the large cathedral - like spaces of old shearing sheds.
Barbara Aroney has had a number of solo exhibitions, many group shows and she has won many commendations and prizes for drawing, printmaking and painting; and the Open Prize at the annual Frost Over Barraba Arts Festival in 2017. Her work is in many private collections in Australia and overseas, and is held in the State Library of NSW and The Australian National Library. Barbara has been constantly making art. She works in a group studio – oneplus2 artists studios Rozelle, in Sydney.
The natural and constructed world is my subject.
For me art making is experimenting-