|Acrylic Abstract Paintings||Location: 2720 Smith Grade|
Barbara was born in Seattle, WA but grew up in the small town of Pleasanton, CA where she was close enough to San Francisco for her family to enjoy the theatre and dance companies there. Her mother put her in a tutu at the age of five to take dance lessons and she had been involved in the performing arts ever since.
Barbara studied to be a dancer until her first year of college, but she took to getting behind the scenes much more easily and advanced in her career as a lighting designer and producer. She holds a BA and a MA in Theatre Arts and worked in innumerable productions in the San Francisco Bay Area after college.
She was invited to tour the United States and several countries as Production Manager for a dance company and served as Head of Production for the Department of Dramatic Art and Dance at the University of California, Berkeley, CA.
In 1990, her professional life included designing lighting, sets, and costumes but in her personal life she transitioned her creative voice to a two dimensional format and started painting. Everything in her professional life had to be perfect, the canvas provided an imperfect world for her to take risks.
After living in and working with non-profit arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest for many years, in 2007 Barbara moved back down to the Monterey area to help with her elderly mother’s care. As her mother’s Parkinson’s worsened she decided to leave her work position and focus her energies on her mother’s final stages of the disease. This experience gave her the opportunity to paint full time and has since her mother’s passing in 2013.
Barbara continues to build on her background as an abstract painter, creating new works exhibiting locally and in the Bay Area.