Born in 1962, Vanita Comissiong first began painting in the early 1990s with the Newcomers Art Group. Inspired by Haitian artists like Claude Daumberville, Comissiong earned four medals (2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze) for her entries in the 1991 National Independence Festival of Creative Arts. She went on to participate in numerous exhibitions, showing her work in Barbados but also internationally, notably in Washington D.C. and in Paris.
In 2001,she opened the “On The Wall” art gallery which has since expanded to include a second location on Barbados’ south coast. Comissiong is well known for her love of color as evidenced by the paintings “Village Maypole”, “Villiage Fete” and “Colorful Stilts”,
Vanita Gopwani Comissiong
Ann Dodson was born in Barbados in 1958. she graduated from Concordia University, Canada and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Concordia University, Canada. One year later, she completed a diploma in Education at McGill University in Canada. Her experience has afforded her the opportunity to return to Barbados and teach at both secondary and tertiary institutions. She currently teaches at St. Winifred's School. Her art has been exhibited not just in Barbados but in the USA as well. She also creates hand-painted scarves and t-shirts which are easily seen as collectors' items.
Best known for her Barbados landscapes, Dodson also illustrated the children's books Mauby’s Big Adventure, Mauby’s Quest for the Magic Flower and Mauby and the Hurricane.
Dodson is widely collected, and her paintings have been exhibited in Boston, Washington, DC, and Paris. Of her work, she says, 'The juxtaposition of colour, pattern and shape tend to dominate my creative thought process, whether these are explored in the Barbadian landscape or celebrated in the female figure.
HEATHER -DAWN SCOTT
Born in Chile to a Barbadian mother and a Scottish father Heather-Dawn has gathered inspiration for her work from many countries. Her work takes influence from many sources and surprise is the only constant. Having studied sculpture for four years at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art she turned to water colour washes and then broke away to colorful acrylic canvases. Her subject matter varies widely from portraiture and landscape to abstracts and fantasy, but a long enchantment with the first photographic images of the Caribbean still holds a fascination for her and she enjoys bringing these small monochromatic prints to life in large vivid works. More recently alongside the paintings she has begun exploring textiles, terra cotta and found materials which can be viewed at all of the islands exciting well established art galleries such as On the Wall, the Caribbean Gallery of Art, Art Splash and Art For Everyone.