Originally from Northern Minnesota, I spent many hours with my family camping, canoeing and hiking in the north woods, and enjoyed my solo times recreating these cherished memories in drawing and painting projects. I studied 2D and 3D design along with Native American art at the University of Minnesota. A notable instructor was Carl Gawboy, celebrated Ojibwa watercolorist. I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Natural History Education.Barbara painting at Wasa Wasa in northern Wisconsin
I headed west, spending five years as a naturalist for the National Park Service. My heart sang as I intimately experienced the constantly changing esthetics, light, and color of Olympic NP, Death Valley NM, Kings Canyon NP and Point Reyes NS.
My recent studies have included working with California painters: Patsy Taylor, Camille Przewodek, Mark Jezierny, Mary Lou Correa and Cassandra Antkowiak, and Minneapolis painter and colorist: Scott Bean.