Barbara Chester originally took a degree in English but subsequently discovered that painting was her true metier. Since training at Central St. Martins and the New Richmond School of Art she has been working as a painter in various media including oil, acrylic, pastel, and print.
She has painted a mural in Central Middlesex Hospital and exhibited in the Atrium Gallery,
Art for Youth exhibitions, The Contemporary Art Fair and participated in Surrey Artists Open
Studios. Her work is in private collections in England, Germany, America and Canada.
In her work she aims to convey the essence rather than the literal appearance of things seen or experienced. Her landscape paintings are usually based on pastel drawings made in front of the motif and later developed in the studio into simpler, more concentrated works.