Barbara was born and raised in rural Kansas, living on her grandparents’ farm. Her love for the outdoors, nature, and animals and her ability to perceive the mood, light, and color of a scene is exquisitely reflected in her paintings.
Barbara graduated with a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from Colorado State University in 1956 and worked as a certified bacteriologist for a time, initially studying art as an avocation at night school and attending workshops. “Perhaps my work as a bacteriologist, which often required me to prepare detailed and precise drawings of what I saw through the microscope, laid the foundation for my present work as a professional artist,” she says today.
Barbara has exhibited in many one-woman and group shows, winning numerous awards, and her paintings are included in private and corporate collections across the country. Her bestselling book, “Painting Animals, Step by Step,” continues to be in high demand.