A native of San Jose, California, Barbara and her husband relocated to the Northern California foothills near Oroville California in 2013. Barbara enjoys landscape painting and photography, figure drawing and mixed media collage. She holds a BA in Studio Art from San Jose State University, and a Certificate in Web Design/Development from University of California, Santa Cruz. She also attended, post grad, the Cleveland Institute of Art/Sarah Lawrence College art school in Lacoste, France with emphasis in photography, printmaking and sculpture. Her professional career involved graphic design and marketing communications for Silicon Valley companies. Nature is her inspiration, as well as environmental and social issues.