Born in Black Diamond, Alberta, Barbara grew up in Southern Saskatchewan and currently lives with her husband, Bill, and Buddy the Cat, just west of Calgary on a small acreage.
Barbara’s introduction to art came from her grade 8 art teacher in rural Saskatchewan. Her interest in artistic creation took many forms over the years. In the 1970’s, oil painting classes and landscapes took centre stage, then textile work, quilting creations and some haute couture sewing were next. These were hobbies Barbara enjoyed while raising her family.
In 1987 Barbara started her company, Friday Professional Group Inc., a human resources staffing company. Joined by her husband, Bill and her Daughter, Leslie, the business became very successful and rewarding over 22 years. The real reward was the many great relationships which were formed and have been maintained through the years. In 2008 the business was sold, Barbara and her husband retired and have been enjoying renewing their passions.
In 2000, Barbara started wood carving and in 2010 was the first Canadian (and the first woman) to be awarded the International Wildfowl Carver of the Year. She finds stone carving most rewarding, revealing the true character, warmth and essence of the creature and stone in each piece she carves.