Barbara graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University in 1999, and then moved to NYC. She met success in shows at Figureworks and Get Real Art, but felt drawn to study classical painting in Florence, Italy. She lived there for one year studying drawing under Mario Pachioli. Then in 2004, she moved to Philadelphia on a full scholarship to study with Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminati. She left the atelier in 2006 to work on a series of large paintings. After traveling and painting extensively, Barbara returned to Incamminati to finish the Professional Program and served as a Fellow at the school for two years teaching drawing to first year students and students from Project Home. Barbara currently lives and works in the Olde Kensington section of Philadelphia and teaches painting at Journey's Way in Roxborough, Mindy Flexer Art School and the Delaware Valley Art League.