See you soon at our new studio on Kilmarnock Head!

Yes, we’ve moved! The Pencil Studio is no longer in Fort Langley, but we’ll be opening our new studio in the Sky House, on top of Kilmarnock Head in Chamcook, New Brunswick!

Chamcook is a lovely area, about 10kms from Saint Andrews, which was nominated ‘Best Tourist Destination’ by USA Today in 2017!

We hope you’ll come visit us there! Meanwhile I’ve posted a few images of The Pencil Studio, and some of my work. Thank you for your patronage,



Commissioned Firefighter Paintings

Order you commissioned firefighter paintings before March 15th, 2016 and save $500.

Yes, after so many years of doing these paintings for $1500, I’ve had to raise my prices – the cost of framing and supplies have gone up with the US dollar, so have to, my prices. But if you order before March 15th of 2016, and put a $500 deposit down, I can do your painting any time for $1500 including framing (epaulettes and fire department badge can be framed into the painting). BOB_0074 DSC_0007 DSC_0651 BOB_0085 DSC_0097 paintingquint paintingscott painting Scott final blue tape-1 paintinggordie 29 (1) Penman, final1

Latest Painting by Pat Barker

Cameron Painting1
This is the latest commissioned piece by watercolour pencil artist Pat Barker. It’s a painting commissioned by the Colwood Fire Department, for retired Fire Chief Cameron. Chief Cameron had 24 years as the department’s fire chief.
This is what Retired Chief Cameron had to say about his painting:
I would just like to send my compliments and thanks to you, for creating a special gift for me that accurately reflects my passion for fire equipment and captures a 24 and half year career as Fire Chief for my City.
The accuracy of this piece makes me wonder where the time has passed and I would like to thank you for applying your talents in art, to what is essential one man’s life, one man’s passion. Highly reflective from my perspective.
It now hangs proudly and prominently in my home.
Thanks again for working with my department and staff
Sincerely, Russ Cameron
Fire Chief retired
Colwood BC

Not your average pencil pusher


Not your average pencil pusher – (From the Langley Times)


Fort Langley artist Pat Barker works on a ceiling mural which will offer her own spin on Michaelangelo’s famous image of God and Adam from the Sistine Chapel. Barker is preparing to open a studio dedicated to the pencil in her live/work space in Bedford Landing. The Pencil Studio will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 13 and afterward, by appointment.
By Brenda Anderson – Langley Times
Published: April 01, 2013 4:00 PM
Updated: April 01, 2013 4:33 PM

As a medium of communication goes, it’s about as uncomplicated as it gets. Even a tad old fashioned, one could argue.

But for Pat Barker, the humble pencil is nothing if not an endless source of fascination … and inspiration. So much so, in fact, that the Fort Langley artist is getting set to open an entire studio dedicated to pencils — featuring works of art created by them and from them.

“I’ve always been interested in the pencil,” said Barker, stretched out on a padded platform, raised several feet above the floor of her live/work space in the Flat Iron Building in Fort Langley’s Bedford Landing. As she chats, the artist is working on a mural which she began drawing in her mind months ago.

Still in its early stages, the image is a re-creation of, arguably, the most famous scene from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel — the creation of Adam, in which God reaches out to the first man and sparks life into him through the touch of a fingertip.

Although her aim is to make it as much like the original as possible — albeit done in pencils instead of fresco (water-based paint applied to semi-dried plaster) — Barker’s version will employ a bit of creative license.

“I thought, wouldn’t it be neat if God was handing (Adam) a pencil,” she said.

“I don’t even remember how I got the idea. I must have been doing something with (Michaelangelo) or googling it.”

This is actually Barker’s second attempt at the scene. She began painting it first in acrylics before taking a step back and rethinking her plan.

“I wasn’t comfortable with that. I realized I should be doing this with pencil.”

The mural will be a feature piece for the studio, but Barker isn’t planning on finishing it ahead of her April 12 opening. Instead, she hopes it will serve to draw visitors back to the studio occasionally to check on her progress.

Closer to floor level, Barker will feature work by several artists — both local and international — though she will be the studio’s principal artist, displaying and selling her own photographs, drawings, paintings and cards.

“I’m really interested in close-ups — as with the corks and bamboo,” she said, referring to two of the first pencil pieces she completed.

“I really like the attention to detail, which is why I like Dalton Ghetti. For him, a good day is three flakes of graphite,” she said.

A Brazilian born artist who now lives in Connecticut, Ghetti painstakingly carves pencils’ graphite tips into everything from linked hearts to a tiny hammer and an old boot. From these, he makes prints and postcards, which Barker’s studio will carry. She also has pieces by San Francisco artist Agelio Batle, who carves larger chunks of graphite into three-dimensional pieces of art which can be used to write.


There are photos taken by her son, Nathan Solar, and Barker will also feature pieces by Ed Pretty, a local wood artist who built the scaffolding Barker climbs each day to work on her ceiling mural.

Even as she’s pulling the space together, Barker is busy at work on a documentary detailing the history of the pencil.

“I’ve always been interested in the pencil.

“The more I got to know about it, the more I realized I didn’t know,” she said.

Barker’s space, aptly titled The Pencil Studio is located in the Flat Iron Building in Bedford Landing at #10-23230 Billy Brown Road. The studio will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Anyone who would like to visit on another day, is encouraged to send Barker an email at to ensure she will be available to open the studio.

Dalton Ghetti – Feature Artist at The Pencil Studio!

Feature Artist: Dalton Ghetti

Wednesday, June 12th


I am thrilled to announce, that on June 12th, (Time TBA), Dalton Ghetti, from Connecticut is going to be our Guest Lecturer at The Pencil Studio!

Dalton’s amazingly intricate work can be seen by visiting his website:

There is no cost associated with the lecture – only that you RSVP by June 8th.

Space is very limited.

Contact pat via email at or phone 604 888 0721.