Wanderings, Paintings and Ponderings

from the Forest



The book is available through my Etsy Shop

and they are available locally:

in Nelson at:

    • Otter Books 398 Baker St
    • Gaia Rising 356 Baker St
    • Booksmyth 338 Baker St
    • Touchstones 502 Vernon St
    • Nelson Visitor Centre 91 Baker St.

in Castlegar at:

    • Kootenay Gallery 120 Heritage Way
    • Yes, Please! 277 Columbia Ave
    • Dragonflies & Fairy Dust 1502 Columbia Ave.

in Trail at:

    • Crockett Books in Waneta Mall

in New Denver at:

    • Raven’s Nest, Main St

and at the NelsonCastlegarTrail and Slocan libraries


West Kootenay Book Launch Tour:

I will be giving a presentation at the Slocan Community Library

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 1pm.

I’d love to see you there!

  • Saturday, November 5, 2016, 1pm at Kootenay Gallery, 120 Heritage Way (across the hwy from the airport) in Castlegar.
  • Thursday, November 17, 7pm at Hidden Garden Gallery, Kildare at 6th Ave in New Denver.
  • Saturday, November 26, 3pm at Booksmyth, 338 Baker St, as part of Blue Night Arts Festival in Nelson



Everyone is invited to a unique presentation combining visual art, love of nature, contemplative thought, and spiritual connection. This is a book launch unlike any other. “SYLVAN REFLECTIONS: Wanderings, Paintings and Ponderings from the Forest” is Barbara Brown’s first-ever, self-published book.

The artist/writer will be on hand throughout the event to read from her book and to discuss why she chose this way to share her deep love of nature. Her paintings will be on display, and she will present a beautiful short film that tells the story of how her book came to be.

Every day Barbara walks in her forest ~ and steps into a world of subtle beauty and transcendent splendour. For her, the trees and bushes simply glow with life and spirit. “I look at all this around me,” she says, “and I wonder: ‘Is this just for me?’ ” Gradually she realized she needed to share her vision. Remarkably, with her art she makes it possible for you and me to see the forest through her eyes. It will never look the same again.

Barbara is no stranger to Kootenay residents and travellers since for many years, as Raven Creations, she produced the widely-distributed annual West Kootenay, Nelson and Castlegar maps. Now she has taken the skills gained throughout these years to make a dream come true and to present her art to the world.

This beautifully designed book features 16 original oil paintings as well as numerous other illustrations and musings on the forest. It is also enriched with nature lore and inspirational quotes from some of the writer’s favourite muses. There are even three pages you can download and colour yourself. This is a book you will pick up again and again.

“Come, let’s go for a walk together, in the forest…” says Barbara. Yes, come. You’ll be glad you did.



Financial support for the creation of the book SYLVAN REFLECTIONS

 is gratefully acknowledged:

Columbia Basin Trust,

Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and

Slocan Valley Community Arts Council