From art studies at the Corcoran Gallery, George Washington University, and American University in Washington, D.C., Barbara went on to a first career as an art teacher, after graduating in pre-law from The College of William & Mary. Sculpture classes there convinced her that art, not law, was her chosen direction. Post-graduate studies at University of Richmond, University of Va., and the University of Rogaland, Norway confirmed this decision. Her work is represented in international private and corporate collections.
Her favorite field is sculpture, particularly wood, although she also works in marble, bronze, and aluminum. Her large paintings and mixed media works usually involve acrylics, oils, pen and ink, pastels, crayons, and often, found materials. Casually representational, her work shows her interest in reflected light, water, and organic forms.