After gaining a degree in Botany, Barbara taught Biology at school, college and university levels. She also gained a Certificate in Ecology and Conservation and went on to teach and be an Examiner in that subject for Birkbeck College, part of the University of London.
On nearing retirement, Barbara undertook several courses which made use of the drawing skills developed during her studies for Botany, finally embarking on the Distance Learning Course run by the Society for Botanical Artists. After gaining a distinction, she was made an Associate Member in the following year, and gained Full Membership in 2013.
On moving from Kent to the Midlands Barbara began painting for the Archive at Sheffield Botanical Gardens and, recently, was made a Fellow of the Florilegium Society there.
Barbara is inspired by her own and other people’s gardens as well as flowers in the wild. She is attracted to those plants which offer interesting foliage, or seed heads, in addition to their floral attributes. Botanical accuracy and attempting to capture the posture of the plant while incorporating this into a pleasing and balanced composition help to give a true-to-life image.
Memberships: Society of Botanical Artists; Sheffield Florilegium Society; Botanical Society of the British Isles; Scientific Exploration Society