Barbara McGirr SBA NDD ATD studied textile design at Belfast College of Art and completed her studies at Reading University where she qualified as an art teacher. While teaching art in England and Israel she
worked as freelance textile designer for John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Liberty’s and produced wallpaper collections for New York.
Flowers played an important part in her textile design and as a keen gardener she started painting flowers, escaping the constraints of textile design, always working from life and mostly in watercolour while attaching great importance to drawing. In subsequent years she developed an interest in collage and mixed media, enjoying the texture and liveliness it brought to her work.
Since leaving art college she won three design awards. She became a member of the SBA, soon after its inception in 1985. Blooms of Bressingham commissioned her flower portraits of their new species and the WWF commissioned bed linen incorporating endangered British wild flowers. She illustrated the plan of the Somerset garden created by the celebrated plantswoman Margery Fish.
A frequent exhibitor with the SBA, Barbara also took part in their shows at the Palmengarten in Frankfurt and at the Botanical Gardens in Madrid. She also enjoys working for private clients, exhibiting her paintings regularly.