Barbara has always been fascinated by the shapes and sculptural forms of animals which present a never-ending source of inspiration for her. She tries to capture a feeling of their movement and presence in her sculpture. Barbara uses wire and other materials in a way that suggests drawing in three dimensions. This allows her greater freedom to add changes whenever she wants during the construction to keep the feeling fluid and to reflect the diversity of movement and form. Barbara increasingly uses recycled and discarded materials as she enjoys the challenge of transforming something with a past history into something new and exciting.
Barbara attended Morley College of Art in the late 70s where she studied Life drawing under Maggie Hambling and John Bellany. In the late 80s Barbara attended Richmond College to study Sculpture under Avril Vellacott, but the most influential of her mentors was Mary Orrom, an inspired and inspiring sculptor.