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Born and educated in Norwich, Barbara studied art in Essex and Devon before graduating in Art History at the University of London. She worked for several years in the Exhibition Department of the Arts Council of Great Britain and at the Hayward Gallery on the South Bank where she helped coordinate the ACGB touring exhibitions programme. In Norfolk, much of her work reflects her affinity with the county through subjects that embrace the diverse colours and shapes of the coastline, the ever-changing moods of the vast East Anglian skies and the wild beauty of the natural and cultivated countryside.
More recently, frequently spending time in Devon has re-ignited an ongoing interest in reflections and working boats which are particularly well illuminated in the clear waters of the south Devon coast and harbours. The geometry of intersecting lines such as telegraph wires, ropes, masts etc are frequently used in her work to give a composition depth or a more abstract quality.
Looking for elements which provide a more challenging view of the literal world also engendered her absorbing interest in the shapes and patterns created by shadows and reflections. Often overlooked, these transient and intangible phenomena can, through distortion and the use of different light sources, offer virtually abstract images. In contrast to the calm and tranquility of the seascapes and shadow paintings are the bright and vigourous paintings of Folk dancers in which the action and exuberance of the dancers are caught in a moment of time.
Barbara has exhibited and sold paintings at the Mall Gallery in London, in solo shows and galleries