About Barry Coombs



I’m a visual artist, art instructor, workshop leader and have been featured in the UK’s Leisure Painter magazine. I live in Hamilton, Ontario. I can be contacted at barryfcoombs@gmail.com.


MY ARTWORK: I’ve exhibited my paintings, drawings and sculpture in Canada, Taiwan, China and South Korea and represented Canada at the G20 World Artist Festival in Seoul, South Korea in November of 2010.

GALLERY ON THE BAY  in Hamilton, Ontario.
MISHKALO, USA (online)

Please, view my work at www.barrycoombs.ca.

THE STUDYWatercolour on paperPrivate Collection

Watercolour on paper
Private Collection

My watercolours are featured in the April 2013 issue of Leisure Painter, the best-selling ‘learn to draw and paint’ magazine from the United Kingdom.  THE STUDY was chosen for the front cover.


MY TEACHING: I’ve been teaching art to adults on a part-time basis for over twenty years. I currently teach watercolour classes at the Arts on Adrian studio in west-end Toronto and at the Dundas Valley School of Art in Dundas, Ontario.

My teaching focuses on watercolour painting and pen and ink drawing. I’m very organized and demonstrations, individual attention and critiques are important elements of my approach to teaching. I always try to maintain a positive and constructive attitude and I can work with students of all levels of skill and experience.

Over two decades, I have led dozens of outdoor painting and sketching holidays in Canada, Europe and Mexico. Workshops in 2014 included San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick and Lucca, Italy as well as Toronto, Ontario.

Mixed media on paper

LOW TIDE was shown at the G20 World Artist Festival in Seoul, South Korea in November of 2010. I was one of two Canadian representatives at the festival.

Watercolour on paper
Collection: Grand Manan Art Gallery

ROSS ISLAND LIGHT, GRAND MANAN is in the collection of the Grand Manan Art Gallery.

Watercolour on paper
Private Collection

LES EBOULEMENTS, CHARLEVOIX was exhibited in the Six Degrees of Freedom show in May of 2010.

3 Responses to “About Barry Coombs”

  1. Sonya Chasey Says:

    I’ve just found your blog via Keith’s & have been enjoying looking through. I like your fresh style & the way you juxtapose all the various elements in your compositions.

    • Barry Coombs Says:

      Hi Sonya: I’ve seen your site before and enjoy the clarity and colour in your paintings very much. I’m also interested in languages and I’m fascinated by your multilingual posts. I’ll continue to check in.

  2. Art class in Toronto | ButterflyHands Says:

    […] invited myself and didn’t pay for the class, so I hope it is fine. : ) Read more about Barry here. I tried the class about cubism. My art knowledge actually only consists of ‘I like a […]

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