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up in Tucson, Arizona, with only cactus and gravel underfoot,
Barbara longed for the beauty and mystery of a forest to explore.
She later would call the high sierra town of Lake Tahoe her
home for two years, where her beloved trees flourished and
pine cones were everywhere.
The Nature Series is an expression of this love and respect
for the randomness and beauty of all life, giving her hundreds
of hours of joy, solitude and insight. Her pine cone collection
has found a home in the twig frames, each twig lending its
own character to the frame it surrounds. The gourd form is
a perfect "canvas" for the woodburning tool where,
during the past dozen years, Barbara has explored themes that
give meaning to her life: her passion for understanding human
nature through psychology and philosophy; her deep love for
animals; and her respect for the Native American and African
patterns that resonate throughout all the world.
Below is a sampling of this broad body of work which is available
by commission only.