Alcohol Ink, Encaustic, Watercolour

& Mixed Media Art​


Angel of Hope

Mixed Media Collage

Barbara Polc

Barbara was born and raised in western New York. She has now resided in the beautiful lake side community of Port Colborne, Ontario for the past 40 years.  She is a self-taught visual artist; studied at Haliburton School of Art & Design; has been mentored by artists abroad, and locally as well. She is primarily inspired by the natural beauty of botanicals, landscapes, seascapes; and ethereal skies.

"I hear a whisper in my soul, and it awakens an inspiration that must be released. An integral part of my work stems from intuitive journaling onto the substrate, as a way of rooting me into the piece. My work is often layered. I invite the viewer to look beyond the layers,  to explore what is hidden underneath; and to search for what is revealed in the painting, or perhaps even in themselves as a result. I believe art can have a strong healing component, for the creator & for the owner."

Art & Soul By The Lake

Barbara Polc - Artist

I have a broad spectrum of work. Currently I am focusing on encaustic with mixed media, and oil paintings with cold wax medium (CWM). When working with encaustic molten wax and alcohol inks my technique is very much a dance of controlling the medium and surrendering to it. In doing so, my creative process becomes one of a delicate balancing act. I find this way of creating very seductive, therapeutic, and healing.

 I have an abiding passion for organic materials. When I collage, my pieces often contain handmade papers, tea bags, vintage buttons, fabric, hemp, cheese cloth; all torn, frayed, or stamped, to create an image with great dexterity and precision. I take an innovative approach to intricate detail, depth and texture for an outcome that flows.

My original works can be found in my Etsy Shop: ArtAndSoulByTheLake.Etsy.Com, or scattered about my home! To purchase prints:; or contact me and I will arrange for a quality print to be sent directly to your home. You will also find my hand-painted greeting cards at: I am a proud member of the South Niagara Artists,

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To my family: For all of your love & support, I am eternally grateful. Each and every one of you inspires me on a daily basis. I am so blessed to have you in my life. I love you all xo