About the Owner

BJ Boulter

Barbara Jane, or as everyone calls her, BJ, has lived in the Algarve on and off for the past 50 years. Besides owning and renting out Madrigal and Quinta de Oxalá she is an accomplished artist. Many of her paintings are on display in both houses.

Her years of experience as a Production Designer in film and television have given her a keen eye and all the skills necessary to design, build and style both the Californian Neo Classical style of Madrigal as the rustic farmhouse chic stylings of Oxalá.

Though painting and sketching are an integral part of production design, traveling the world making films left little time for personal artistic expression. Putting those years of experience with brush and pen to good use, filling sketchbooks and painting canvases, discovering her own creative instinct and form has become her personal passion. Her homeland is Tanzania and many of her works are figurative, with landscapes, people and wildlife influenced by her regular safaris to East Africa with artists and filmmakers, and her daily life and encounters in Portugal. These are sources of inspiration both past and present. A canvas is a page waiting to tell her story, to be shaped into life in sombre tones and glorious colour.

She also Produced and Art Directed a comedy feature film. The whole film was shot in the Algarve, with some scenes taking place in and around Estombar. One scene was even filmed at Quinta de Oxalá! You can watch the movie here.

About the Owner

BJ Boulter

Barbara Jane, or as everyone calls her, BJ, has lived in the Algarve on and off for the past 50 years. Besides owning and renting out Madrigal and Quinta de Oxalá she is an accomplished artist. Many of her paintings are on display in both houses.

Her years of experience as a Production Designer in film and television have given her a keen eye and all the skills necessary to design, build and style both the Californian Neo Classical style of Madrigal as the rustic farmhouse chic stylings of Oxalá.

Though painting and sketching are an integral part of production design, traveling the world making films left little time for personal artistic expression. Putting those years of experience with brush and pen to good use, filling sketchbooks and painting canvases, discovering her own creative instinct and form has become her personal passion. Her homeland is Tanzania and many of her works are figurative, with landscapes, people and wildlife influenced by her regular safaris to East Africa with artists and filmmakers, and her daily life and encounters in Portugal. These are sources of inspiration both past and present. A canvas is a page waiting to tell her story, to be shaped into life in sombre tones and glorious colour.

She also Produced and Art Directed a comedy feature film. The whole film was shot in the Algarve, with some scenes taking place in and around Estombar. One scene was even filmed at Quinta de Oxalá! You can watch the movie here.

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