After graduating from Utah State University in illustration and working as a freelance illustrator, Barbara evolved as a fine art oil and watercolor painter. Commonly portraying figurative imageries, still lifes and landscapes, her painterly, realistic paintings have received numerous awards (listed below) as they have been exhibited in international, national, regional and state juried, invitational, group and two person exhibits. The Utah Arts Council as part of the State of Utah's Permanent Collection purchased two of her paintings. One of those, "Gotcha!" hangs in the First Lady of Utah's State Office.
Barbara has had the honor of being juried into the prestigious International 2002 Arts for the Parks Top
100 Exhibit and she was awarded the Yellowstone National Park Purchase Award and the Arts for the Parks Wildlife Award of Merit. In that same exhibit in 1996, U.S. Art Magazine selected her painting for its Award of Excellence.
Other exhibits and awards include Oil Painters of America National Exhibit 1995, 2001-2003 -Award of Excellence 1995, Regional Award of Excellence 1999; Utah Watercolor Society - Award of Excellence and Intermountain Society of Artists - First Place Painting Award. In 1999 Barbara's painting "When I was a Child" was published in the North Light Book, The Best of Portrait Painting.