Barbara began her journey in art at the Michigan Art Museum as a child. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University in Interior Design in 1975 and moved to Philadelphia and New York City to pursue a career in interior design. After several life altering events, Barbara was drawn back into art in 1994. She sold her first work and the light bulb turned on. She began painting commissions and executed interior decorative art. She quit her day job in 1998, and then in 2003, she moved back to Michigan, settling in East Tawas, where the vistas are wonderful to paint and opened a teaching studio and art supply store in 2004.