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Barbara the artist ~


Barbara is a native of San Angelo, Texas, with an art degree from Angelo State University. After a career in sales & marketing, an unexpected turning point in her life was her first watercolor lesson in 1996, sparking a passion that has changed everything.  In 1998, Barbara began twice-yearly sabbaticals to Provence, studying with French, Belgian, & American artists she would meet on these trips.


Her love of adventure & her desire to paint, to learn, and to seize the moments of life, continue to enrich & expand her painting style and her travels. Her paintings can be seen at a small gallery at Barney’s Studio, 3111 W. Beauregard in San Angelo, Texas, or here at  Barbara’s paintings are held by collectors in the U.S. and France.


Barbara and her husband, Joe, are living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the moment, but she continues to stay involved in the arts in San Angelo.  Her latest collaboration with the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts as the Coordinator of “EnPleinAirTEXAS”, will bring a successful national juried plein air painting competition to San Angelo for its third year in 2016.


Barbara stays busy with Plein Air San Angelo (PASA), an enthusiastic group of painters who are ambassador volunteers for EnPleinAirTEXAS, and she is a member of the West Texas Watercolor Society.   She is active in the Louisiana arts scene, a member of P.E.O., a women's philanthropic education organization, and she and her husband are avid supporters of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Rust Street Ministries and House of Faith in San Angelo.  They will be retiring to San Angelo full-time at the end of 2017.


Barbara the travel consultant ~


For almost 20 years beginning in the mid-1980's, Barbara was involved in group trip planning for a local country club. In 1999, she trained to become an independent travel agent. This timing coincided with the beginnings of a love of France that would influence not only her painting, but also her travel knowledge.


Today, Barbara specializes in personally planned trips to France and Italy. Defining points of Barbara's France trips are the personal welcomes and special experiences clients receive because of her 'family' of friends in the Provence and Paris areas.


Barbara uses her 30+ years of travel experiences and training to advise clients on which cruiselines or tour companies best suit their needs and styles of travel. She is a ready advocate for her clients in the event of travel problems or emergencies.



Her increasing knowledge of favorite cities in the United States, Italy, and France has enhanced the personal touches she will add to your special getaway.