Barbara is a fully qualified art teacher with over 20 years experience teaching secondary students and she also taught at the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia) for 13 years. Barbara ran a successful silk painting business for many years with much of her work going overseas. She has also won many awards for her silk painting, including 7 of the Australian Gift of the Year Awards and the inaugural National Stroke Foundation Creative Award. Barbara then decided to "set up shop" on the internet and even after suffering a stroke and removal of a brain tumour, she still sells her unique silk creations from her website. Barbara mentors individuals and teaches them how to get the best out of their efforts when painting on silk.