Born in Worcester, Ma in 1954, Barbara studied Art and Art Education at the University of New Hampshire, followed by Graduate work in Art History at Harvard University. Haystack has been a major factor in her development as an artist, shaping her ideas with experiment and new materials. Travel has been an important educator as well-- most recently to Svalbard, for the Arctic Circle Residency aboard a tall ship, sailing 800 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
Barbara teaches drawing, printmaking and a survey course in Art History at St. Marks School and in the 2012-2013 year for her sabbatical she was the Coastal Studies Artist in residence at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.
Barbaras prints and quilts have been shown internationally. She had a major solo exhibition in Jyväskylä Finland in and her work has been in numerous group shows including Proyecto Ace, Argentina, Brancovian Palace Bucharest, Romania; Mattatuck Museum, CT; Denver Art Museum, Weisman Museum, Minneapolis MN; KALA Art Institute, San Francisco; University of Wisconsin, W.H. Over Museum of Natural and Cultural History, South Dakota; Toledo Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum, MA; New Orleans Museum of Art, and Portland Museum of Art, ME.
Collections include The National Museum of Fine Arts Hanoi, Jyväskylä Musuem of Art, Finland, Delta Wetlands and Wildlife Foundation, Canada, The Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit Museum of Art, Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Yale University Art Gallery, Fogg Museum,Harvard University; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Denver Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Boston Public Library, 3M Corporate Headquarters, MN, Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rockland ME.