Barb Venn has been a Grampians local for over eleven years. In that time she has bore witness to the shifting of the natural landscape to its extremes. Significantly, her work has proven to be something of a record of natural events for local and regional collectors.
Having studied art and outdoor education at LaTrobe University, she moved to the Grampians for outdoor education work, but soon took advantage of the wide range of patterns, textures, and colours provided by the Grampians environment.
A drought began to influence Barb's style and subjects. During the drought the 2006 Mt Lubra Fire occurred which turned 130, 000 hectares of the region to ash. The fires burned to within 50 metres of Barb's house. Barb turned to art in order to make sense of the loss she witnessed.
Likewise, through her art Barb has explored the impact of the recent floods.
Barb uses a wide range of media to confidently express herself and her ideas, including but certainly not limited to: ink on silk, ceramics, felt, mosaic, and found object assemblage.
In recent years, Barb has taken time off her art/textiles teaching at secondary level to raise three kids, though she currently teaches art part time at a local primary school.