Barbara has demonstrated a deep understanding of the history of the Syilx (Okanagan Nation) in both contemporary and traditional works. Stone, sand, paint and other natural and contemporary materials are combined to create works that are tactile and present an overwhelming sensory experience for the viewer. She is presently creating a body of work to visually portray how traditional stories and language connect, overlap, and remind us of our responsibility to take care of the land. Barbara is an instructor in the En’owkin Centre’s Visual Arts Program and is also enrolled as a student in the Okanagan Native Language Program. Her work has been exhibited throughout British Columbia and in 2000, she received the BC2000 Book Award for her illustrations in Kou-Skelowh.
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