Monday, 26 April 2010


My father, Richard Barber, died earlier this month after a long battle with mesothelioma.

He loved art (and artists!) and his encouragement and honest critiques of my work have been very important to me over the years. My painting trips to Tresco always ended with my seeking his opinion on the work I had produced.

The painting of Blockhouse Point above was from my most recent trip to the island - in October last year. He was buried on Friday in the graveyard of St Nicolas's Church, half a mile or so from where I sat to paint this view.

I will miss him very much.


Lianne Turner said...

I have been following your blog for some time now and have regrettably not really commented, i saw this and thought i should. Not only is the painting beautiful, your relationship with your father sounds as if it was too. I too lost a close family member last year and there is a painting on my blog which shows the story behind my feelings and the like. Believe in what you do. Carry on and just know he will always be around. Take care.

Chris Rudge Renewable Power said...

You'll always miss him, but carry on and expand on the skill he has passed onto you over the years and he'll not be forgotton.

Tony Perrotta said...

Sorry for your loss Harriet, I know you'll be OK. Keep up your great work.


Brian Sloan said...

Hello Harriet, I am saddened at your loss. It sounds as if your father had a great influence on you and your work and I hope that in time you will find the energy to continue your inspirational work. Take care and all the best.

Eduardo Alvarado said...

Dear Harriet, I am so sorry.

Take care and the best.

Harriet Barber said...

Thanks all of you for your kind comments - they are really appreciated.