Barbara Elaine Dorey (nee Champion) was born in O’Leary Prince Edward Island in 1943. Grew up in Berwick, Nova Scotia, though she has resided in all four Atlantic Provinces. She now lives with her husband Russell in Morden, Nova Scotia on the beautiful shore of the Bay of Fundy.

Barbara graduated from the NSTC in 1963 and following a brief teaching career she focused her creative talents towards drawing and painting. She studied under Mischa German Van Ech in 1973; was honored to be a private student of well-known artist Charles A. Couper in the early 1980s; later learned from Heather Spears at Mount Saint Vincent University in 1987; among others.

Oil, pastel and watercolor portraiture has been Barbara’s lifetime study. Selected commissions include Prime Minister Jean Chretien and his wife Aline, retired Acadia University President Dr. James Perkin, Royal Canadian Navy Rear-Admiral Wright, Ashburn Golf Club’s Bob Reardon, Honorable Victor De B Oland, Chief Justice Lorne Clarke, Senator Joseph P. Landry and Boston Marathon winner Johnny Miles. More than one thousand commissioned portraits are displayed in private homes and non-private offices on three or more continents.

Barbara’s artistic journey has also included extensive landscape and still life painting. Her subject matter and travels have reached far beyond local vista. For example, three painting trips to the Eastern Arctic, especially Pond Inlet, Pangnirtung and Clyde River provided material for painting series.

Barbara has been painting Saint Mary’s University Sport Hall of Fame and the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame inductees for over 15 years. She has been the subject of media coverage by CBC, CTV, magazines & newspapers. She has taught throughout the Atlantic Provinces, and her works are displayed in private homes and non-private offices on more than 3 continents.

Atlantic Winter Fair, Best Pastel, Final Judging by Tom Forrestall
Co-Winner of Duffie Crowell Award, Fredericton, NB

Review by Elissa Bernard, Halifax Herald, Feb 1994
Review by Bob LeDrew, editor of Southender Magazine, Jun 1992 - Cover     story & 2 page article
CBC Television Interview concerning Barb's Arctic Show at the CBC Mini     Gallery. Aired Jul 1991
CBC Radio Interview on Arctic Show, Jul 1991
CBC coverage of her Baffin Island Series, 1st Edition & Midday, Jun 1989
Chronicle Herald Article on Arctic Paintings, May 1989
Yarmouth Vanguard Article about Barb painting the people of the North, 1989
Mail Star Article on show at Dartmouth Heritage Museum, Jul 1988
Halifax Chronicle Herald Article of her travels & resulting paintings, Oct 1987

Visual Voice Fine Art, Truro, NS