Barbara was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1957. In addition to Maryland, she has enjoyed living in Connecticut, New York, and North Carolina before settling in Corrales, New Mexico in 1997. Corrales is a very picturesque, agricultural village just north of Albuquerque and south of Santa Fe. Barbara opened her own bookkeeping firm in Corrales; Bean Counters, and enjoyed a solid client base and good business until one of her clients made her an offer she could not refuse. Barbara served that company as Vice President of Finance and Administration until 2006 when the company was sold. Once the company was sold she intended to take that summer off and enjoy a few hobbies. Maybe she should try her high school passion of painting again? Well that was in 2006 and about a thousand paintings ago!
Since then, she has studied oils and pastels with Deborah Secor, Pietro Palladini, Deborah Paris, Fred Yost, Kim English, Susan Ogilvie and Desmond O’Hagan. This, and daily painting are her education in art. In her first three years of painting Barbara achieved Signature Membership in the Pastel Society of New Mexico, and took First Place in Pastels at the New Mexico State Fair. Since then she has won numerous National and local awards for her work and now wishes to extend her work beyond the borders of New Mexico. “Prolific” and “Dedicated” are terms used to describe Barbara as she paints 150 or more paintings a year. Primarily a studio painter, Barbara is also developing her skills en plein air, which means painting outside at the mercy of the sun, the wind, quickly changing shadows and various flying insects. Her approach to each painting is to create a visually pleasing scene, with a harmonious and complimentary palette in the proper values while leaving enough of the scene undiscovered so that the viewer can complete the painting with their own visions. She may not succeed every time, but she does â€œtryâ€ every time. Barbara hopes her work brings beauty and pleasure to those who wish to engage in it.