Barb started palette knife oil painting at the age of nine and took classes every spring and summer break until she was 17. She was taught how to copy, but not how to create. Her creativity tried to break out, but she was too afraid of rejection. This uncertainty was the reason she never went to art school. Instead, she decided to start a family, and put art school on hold until her children were grown. She kept her promise to herself and 34 years later, with her youngest being independent, it was time for a career in art.
Barb’s art reflects her life. She spent years trying to control things and once she let go of the illusion of control, her health, her family life, and her art, improved. Painting with inks reinforces that understanding for Barb, who believes we all need to experience contrast in our own lives. Barb has found her creativity and is proud of the pieces she produces.