Barbara Brown,
Artist of the Forest  

Sharing with you my love of the forest, 

the Beauty and the Wonder to be found there.

So excited to share all this with you!

Book Launch & Film Premiere!


At Kootenay Gallery in Castlegar, BC, Thursday, August 8, 6:30

along with an exhibition of all my forest paintings running August 1 – September 7








Volume II, Sylvan Reflections:

Wanderings, Paintings & Ponderings from the Forest

Including 16 new forest paintings, more woodland wanderings, and philosophical ponderings

And premiering its companion film:

On BEAUTY, As We Come to It in the FOREST

“Let’s revel in the Beauty of Nature, and ponder the Nature of Beauty . . . as we come to it in the forest”

See EVENTS page for all the details


Author of:

Sylvan Reflections:

Wanderings, Paintings & Ponderings from the Forest

Books & Films

Envision a world where Nature in all her beauty is revered

Where we have fallen back in love with the natural world

In all her divine splendour

~It is my deepest desire that my work inspires this reverence,

for we naturally take care of what we love~

I am an artist, author and forest-walker living in the remote, untamed forest of the Slocan Valley surrounded by the rugged and majestic mountains of British Columbia, Canada. I have been walking these woods as a daily practice for over 25 years.

Entering the forest, I feel a deep hush descend as the busyness of my mind settles. The forest takes me over. I surrender. Time expands. Preconceived priorities and perspectives fall away and I come into line with nature’s way of being, dropping into the present moment.

I become wrapt in that special quality of the forest that both calms and enlivens at the same time.

Walking slowly, seldom following a path, I wind my way over fallen logs and under low-hanging branches. It’s often a bit of a scramble, the terrain here in my forest is rough and mountainous and wild.

I stop often to sit, in stillness, mindful, leaning up against a welcoming tree trunk. With my senses open and receptive I take in the abundance of life that surrounds me.

The beauty of it all astounds me.


Overwhelmed, I can’t keep it all inside. The inspiration brims over.  I feel an inner imperative to share it with you. 

This is the wellspring from whence my work arises. Through evocative forest paintings — each incorporating a touch of otherworldly enchantment; writings capturing the essence of time spent in the woods; and films enveloping you in the breathtaking beauty of the forest, I strive to awaken in you these blissful feelings of awe and wonder.

By connecting more deeply with Nature, we get in touch with our own true nature, for of course we are ourselves a part of Her. Our lives are enriched, our souls nourished, and some measure of healing happens.

Sylvan Reflections:

Wanderings, Paintings & Ponderings From the Forest

A beautiful book of paintings and poetry, plant lore, mysticism, and mindful musings.

“You are invited into deep intimacy with a forest that can heal you from the inside out, through the extraordinary experience of one who chose to go deep and then share that beauty with the rest of us”

~A review of my work from Clare Dubois, Founder of



Bring the beauty and wonder of the forest into your home

Read Testimonials

“Inviting, inspiring, relaxing…a beautiful book of real art! Shipped quick.”

“I feel that I have just taken a walk with you through the forest. As someone who has been practically bedbound since last December … this is so good for my soul, my spirit. I am a meditator, and the commentary, music and beautiful, exquisite images of the forest with all its magic and hidden life are inspirational. Thank you, blessings, namaste”

“In a world full of power lines, motor cars and ringing phones- this work is a breath of fresh air and a pause – to absorb such beauty. You transform my days. You share that the planet is indeed a beautiful world.”

“Your book is exquisite, as are your paintings. You have a gift.”

“Wow, such a lovely book full of forest beauty and wisdom.”

“Barbara has captured the essence of the human soul and its magical connection to nature through her well-written thoroughly enjoyable book.”

“Loved your book Barbara. Couldn’t put it down. It now lives next to my bed for easy connection. Many thanks”

“Your book sends tingles all over my body and anyone who has felt those feelings while in the forest will be touched as for those who are not forest people, they will be drawn to become forest people because of your work. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your passion.”

“This book is so beautiful, the artwork, poems, the journey through the forest, I love it. I really feel that I am journeying with the author through the forest. A true blessing”

“The creativeness of her writing combined with illustrations of her beautiful nature oil paintings are taking the reader in Barbara’s magic world right away. The architectural elements along with the nature and words…Beautiful!!”

“I love your work and your passion in everything you do. You are so talented and I appreciate you sharing your beautiful photos and paintings. Your knowledge

in your writings all combined take us so many places that most of us would never experience. Thank you sweet lady.”

“I received the book last week and I have been enjoying it before sleep to relax and revel in nature’s goodness!

“AMAZING! The art that comes through you touches my soul. Such an inspiration!”

“As I gazed at your Cathedral painting, I felt a rush of feeling throughout my body I have come to call an integrated feeling of the sacred 

magical and connected sense of myself as an integral holy (wholey) part of Universe (as Buckminster Fuller called this Intelligence/Emergence we are all participating in as an evolving entity).  Wow!”

“I just want to be there…. inside these beautiful paintings…. feel the magic, breathe in the freshness and listen to the sounds of hidden creatures.”

“This is breathtaking! Your attention to the forest details is exquisite …… of course the elves love it here!”

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Video trailer for the “SYLVAN REFLECTIONS” book.

(see the full 17 minute film on my About Me page)

“If you can’t get out into the forest today,
come, let me take you there, come along with me.
With my paintings, and writings, I want to give you a place to go
~ similar to the way we can ‘travel’ when we listen to music ~
I want to give you a place where you can rest your eyes and excite your soul,
open your heart and soothe your nerves.
A view of healing green magic.
Come, let’s go for a walk together, in the forest . . .”

~Barbara Brown, SYLVAN REFLECTIONS: Wanderings, Paintings & Ponderings From the Forest, p. 4
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With every purchase from me you are helping to save old-growth forests!

I am so pleased to be contributing 5% of my sales revenues to Ancient Forest Alliance, in their cause to protect British Columbia’s endangered old-growth forests and to ensure a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry.

Financial support for the creation of the book and paintings is gratefully acknowledged:

Columbia Basin TrustBritish Columbia Arts CouncilColumbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and Slocan Valley Community Arts Council