Barbara Engel


I never thought I was an artist growing up. My High School art teacher planted the thought in my head on day when she said to me, "Have you ever considered a career in art?" One Bachelor of Fine Art in Medical Illustration later, I was discovering that it was very hard to pay student loans on minimum wage and the odd commission.

I went on to achieve a Masters in Computer Science but my passion for art has never wavered. I started pursuing painting on January 15, 2015 after a relative told me that I was doing myself a disservice by not making artwork.


I use my art as therapy. Whatever comes out of my head gets stuck on canvas. I cannot figure people out at all, so people are frequently my subject matter. I have a vague hope that my canvases with trigger the story telling impulse people have but who knows if I will ever achieve that goal? In the meantime, I strive to better my paintings and seek out critical criticism where ever I can find a good eye.