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Barbara Kopeschny, Artist  (AFC)




Professional Info

Barbara is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation.    "The Artists for Conservation Foundation (AFC) - formerly the Worldwide Nature Artists Group (WNAG) - is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the natural world. The Foundation represents the world's leading collective of nature artists and an unparalleled pool of artistic talent focused on nature. The organization's mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental education through art that celebrates our natural heritage." 


“I am very proud of my participation in Artist for Conservation,” says Barb, “as their efforts support my own commitment to protecting and celebrating the rich habitat and wildlife that defines our Canadian wilderness.”

2010 - present

Direct Study

Master Artist Seminar with Robert Bateman

Hollyhock on Cortes Island, British Columbia

A memorable, educational and inspirational filled week with Master wildlife painter Robert Bateman.

It was a life changing seminar in working so closely with Bob in learning ways to explore the ideas and techniques that make a successful painting and how to foster creative ideas for a strong work of art.

During the seminar, Bob offered numerous tips on techniques and an effective critique of our works in a group setting.  Daily hikes brought inspiration on such a beautiful island of Cortes.

Bruce St. Clair at Canadore College
North Bay, Ontario

Educational and creative week with Canada's Foremost realist artist, Bruce St. Clair. Study in Watercolor painting techniques, concepts and practice followed by individual critique were the focus of the workshop.   On site sketch and photography field work, the importance of concepts necessary for a strong composition were highlights of this workshop.  Great works of art in the College Gallery were examined and discussed,  fueling creativity.

Mountsberg Raptor Photography Workshop  -  Raymond Barlow

​Campbellville, ON

This Raptor photography workshop with Raymond Barlow was both fascinating and exticing to learn about detailed camera setting & instructions, species habits and overview, explanation of creating dynamic and interesting images of the beautiful raptors, followed by photoshop presentation on organizing reference photos and images workflow.  

Muskoka Center - Wildlife Photography Workshop  -  Raymond Barlow


How exciting it was to be so close to wildlife in this photography workshop with Raymond Barlow.  Camera settings and instructions prior to entering the enclosures for captivating face-to-face photography with the wolves, lynx, moose and other amazing creatures at the wildlife centre.  Substantial coaching, composition, movement and camera setting checks were provided while photographing the animals.  



Watercolors with Lorraine Tunley

A 3 day workshop in watercolor painting with Rayne Tunley in beautiful Ganaraska canoe camp. Techniques, concepts, practice, onsite sketching and theory in composition were the focus of this workshop.


2010 - present



Science Art-Nature - Windows on Evolution Virtual Show - California, U.S.A. -  February 12 - 21, 2013


Huronia Festival of the Arts - Barrie, ONT - August 3-5


Friends of Killarney Summer Art Show - Killarney, ONT - July 27 & 28


Muskoka Arts & Crafts Summer Show - Bracebridge, ONT - July 19 - 21​


Dockside Art Festival - Gravenhurst, ONT - August 16 - 18


Inspired by ART GALLERY & GIFTS - Barrie, ONT  November 30 - December 1





C.A.S. Holiday Arts & Crafts Show - Barrie, ONT - October 6 - 8


Artists for Conservation - International Exhibit of Nature in Art, Virtual Exhibit - October 12 - 21​


Dockside Art Festival - Gravenhurst, ONT - August 17 - 19


Huronia Festival of the Arts - Barrie, ONT - August 4 - 6​


Friends of Killarney Art Show - Killarney, ONT - July 28 & 29


Orillia Museum of Art & History - All Ontario Juried Art Show - July 3 - August 18


Art Appreciation Gallery - Barrie, ONT  -  Novembre 29 - 30



Art Appreciation Gallery - Autumn Show - November 20

Artists in the Garden - Barrie Home Show - September 10 & 11

Barrie Spring Art Tour – Barrie, Ontario - June 3, 4 & 5, 2011

Orillia Museum of Art & History -All Ontario Open Juried Art Show - May 19 - June 28 - Orillia, ONT

Art Appreciation Gallery - Spring Show - April 15

Science Art-Nature  -  Bringing Symposia to Life Virtual Exhibit   U.S.A.  – February 17 – 21, 2011


Ducks Unlimited Fundraiser  -  Orillia 2011



Artists for Conservation - International Exhibit of Nature in Art, Virtual Exhibit - Oct. 29 - Dec 31


Buckhorn Fine Art Festival  -  August 12 - 15, 2010  - Buckhorn, ONT


The Art of Conservation (An International Exhibit of Nature in Art) Book 2010  p.94 | p. 95

The Art of Conservation (An International Exhibit of Nature in Art) Book 2012  p.112



  • Barbara's work is held in many private collections in Canada and United States.

  • City of Barrie - City Hall - Municipality Art Collection - Barrie, ONT - 2011

  • City of Barrie, Mayor Janice Laking presented World Skating Olympians - Elvis Stojko, Kurt Browning and Brian Orser with a signed, Limited Edition Print of Morning Spirit  - Barrie, ONT - 1998

  • Commission Paintings (The Last Supper  &  Christ Praying)  -  Pleasantview Nursing Home - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ONT

  • Several commission works in private collections.



© 2019 by Barb Kopeschny  - All rights reserved.   

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