Barbara's family traded the English fog for the wind-chill factor of Winnipeg Canada when she was three-and-a-half. She survived the winters and Cream of Wheat eventually moving east to Toronto to study art at the Artists' Workshop the New School of Art and George Brown College. Barbara's humorous style has been said to portray "animals with attitude". Her professional career began as a freelance illustrator with regular assignments from a variety of major North American newspapers and magazines such as The Toronto Star, Macleans, Your Big Backyard Magazine, Wildlife Conservation Magazine, Owl and Chickadee magazines, to name a few. Her children’s book journey began when Oxford University Press approached her to illustrate Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper! Other award winning picture books followed, including The Flying Tortoise, Emma’s Eggs and Emma and the Coyote.