A strong practical thinker, Barbara has always strived to maintain a dual career. Her practical side is driven by her strong work ethic and she has strived to utilize her clerical and business skills to the best of her ability. At the same time her creative side compels her to express her emotions in a visual way. Her art connects her two worlds through paintings reflecting the days’ events.
Barbara developed her clerical skills over many years before leaving full time work to go to college. She maintained her clerical skills through college which led her to a full time position at Kimberly Clark Corporation in Neenah, WI as an Administrative Assistant. In January 2002 she graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with an emphasis in Painting.
Married in 2005 to Joshua Moss, they spend a good deal of time together outdoors enjoying the trees together. They created a pottery studio “The Wooden Wheel Pottery” and have enjoyed selling a few coffee mugs and bowls over the past few years when their busy schedule permits. Barbara is still working full time in the corporate world and in the evenings, she also continues to paint – in Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor mediums. The subject matter might be changing, but the passion for art remains the same.
Not sure what path I am on but my heart knows
The trees call to me and say “this way”
They are rooted all around me
So I just look up
The branches and leaves wave in the wind
Pointing everywhere and nowhere
Not telling what direction to walk
My feet tell me “forward”
I trust that
And I walk
Letting the path that shows itself below my feet be mine to follow
Life is busy on this path!
And then all of a sudden a brick wall shows up in the middle of the path I am on. Bam!
When I was a child, I remember seeing horrible nasty webs fabricated by bugs building nasty tree-killing homes on a few trees in the yard. The branches that were infected had to be cut off the tree so that the tree could live. I remember the anxiety and the rush to get rid of them. I remembered…
I remembered this when on August 25, 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In September of 2011 I had a lumpectomy to remove the 4 little lumps in my right breast, and went through chemotherapy from November until February. The radiation treatments finished up in April and I received my first (of many I hope!) “No Evidence of Disease” report from the doctor in June. Feeling healthier than I have in a long time, I am “branching out” and painting more trees while learning how to be gentle with myself…
The trees tell me to nurture my roots
and I walk….