Hello. I’m Barbra.
My goal is to help people take charge of their own happiness by forging a brave and adventurous life. I am a full-time artist that specializes in creating colorful paintings and prints that capture movement and a bold spirit. My art is like a pep talk for your eyes.
I am painter based in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, Mike, and our cat, Foo. We grew up in Milwaukee, WI, lived in Washington, DC for a few years and are now settled in California. Ours has been a long story of reaching for big dreams.
We have always wanted to live in California and for several reasons – the wonderful weather (yes much better than Wisconsin), the lush flora, the diverse fauna, the enormous ocean and new career opportunities to grow are all reasons why.
Living our dreams has been a long time coming and is still in the works. We are thankful to finally be in the place we want to be, and are still striving for more. It’s amazing how you can find the strength in yourself when you just jump in and reach out for the support you need.
My current project, Daily Color, is a daily exploration of color and movement. Each day I share a new downloadable wallpaper for you to enjoy and be inspired by.
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Barbra grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, lived in Washington, DC for two years and is now based in Oakland, CA with her husband and cat. She attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Illustration.
Before setting off on her own to build Barbarian, she worked as a designer at many in-house design studios in the party, craft and fashion industries. She managed production of million-dollar trend-forward product orders under very tight deadlines.
High among the palm trees and redwoods, she currently works as a full-time artist out of her home studio and is constantly inspired by the wildlife outside her window.
When she’s not busy creating art, she is taking road trips to various natural sites in California with her husband in their cute little Mazda Miata.