…a retired special education teacher who has been influenced greatly by her students. The children and adults she worked with viewed the world in their own unique way, not necessarily understood by others; Barbara felt quite at home with them.
…Barbara used poetry, art, and drama as ways to tap into the hidden talents of children who didn’t learn by more conventional ways.
…growing up in Pittsburgh where both hills and city influenced her, Barbara loves the business of urban life and the serenity of hills and woods.
…Barbara has been painting about fifteen years. After leaving teaching, art has become a principle part of her life, as has the poetry she has always written.
…She finds art and poetry to have a lot in common; both use metaphors to explain reality as well as unreality, neither demands “…just the facts, maam”.
…Barbara paints in acrylic, oil, or watercolor on either paper, board, orcanvas–whatever the painting needs. For example, if she were painting a poppy she would use paper and transparent colors. If painting fanciful houses, wood would be good choice because of the more rustic surface that requires a hardier use of paint. Barbara uses multiple layers of color, each layer picks up a bit of what came before – like our lives – each layer adds another dimension of interest.
University of Michigan Taubman Center
Washtenaw Council for the ArtsAnn Arbor District Library
Washtenaw Community College
North Campus, Univ. of Michigan
Ella Sharp Museum
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Visual Arts of Livonia
Our Town – Birmingham
Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center
Celebration of Life – Cranbrook
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Ann Arbor District Library
St. Joseph’s Hospital
Ann Arbor Women’s City Club
Two women – Chelsea Art Gallery
Two women - Gallery 55+ - Sponsored by the University of Michigan
Five women - Kerrytown Music Hall
Teach art at the Turner Senior Resource Center
Participant in Chelsea Art Fair – June, Chelsea
Hospital grounds, yearly
University of Michigan Hospital permanent collection
B.A. – Wayne State University
M.A. – Eastern Michigan University: Learning Disabled and Emotionally Impaired certifications