Born in London, England, Barbara Lover was
trained at the Manchester School of Art,
specializing in sculpture whilst retaining her
interests in various other art forms.
Barbara worked for a period in the field of industrial design in eastern Canada, subsequently enjoying a phase of professional
portrait painting.  She later qualified as a teacher in the UK, and headed the art department at a secondary school in Cheshire.

After taking early retirement from the education service, Barbara continued to refine and develop her work in ceramics and
other art forms.  Moving to Victoria in 1987, she concentrated for some years on raku sculpture, enjoying the spontaneity,
texture and colour of this process, and exhibited for some years in the Sooke Fine Arts Show.  Barbara also re-activated her
portrait work – in pastel and charcoal.  Her continuing activity in watercolour and acrylic painting is based upon a fascination
with the organic and geological structures to be found in landscape.

Barbara is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has undertaken demonstration work for several local
art groups.  She has been a member of the Victoria Sketch Club since 1991, and served as President from 2003 to 2005.