Her travels to Barcelona to study Tapies and Subarach played a special part in her early development strongly led by ideas and emotional resonance. Gerhard Richter has also been an important influence in his view that “Things are not always as they seem” hence Barbara's initial interest in the freedom of abstraction through her paintings.
Further studies at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Venice and New York,and also the Bauhaus in Berlin have been highly significant in finding her own individual means of expression. Closer to home, Elisabeth Frink and Lynn Chadwick have also been hugely inspirational.
Barbara won her first scholarship soon after enrolling at a local college to study ceramics. She was immediately drawn to three-dimensional form moving quickly into bronze with the feeling that her personal journey had now begun in earnest.
Light, energy, warmth and movement all play an integral part in Barbara's work and these are constant themes throughout her collection.
Barbara was born in Llanelli, South Wales where she spent her early childhood, moved to Liverpool where she married, had two children and is now living in Bowdon, Cheshire. Her work reflects a wide range of feelings and always aims to create an unspoken dialogue.
Barbara's dedication to each individual piece of work truly represents a significant part of that important conversation.