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Born Barbara Jackson, in Portsmouth, Virginia, December 1952. At a young age her family discouraged her pursuing the love of creating art she possessed. She did not engage in any type of artistic expression again until after her fiftieth birthday.
In 1981 Barbara married Ronald Briggs. After years working in many different professions including a stint in the U. S. Army, working as a janitor, a telemarketer, Computer Programmer and having an online business. Her husband encouraged Barbara to take a course in painting at the local community college, where she was attending to earn a business degree.
Barbara changed her major and went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Kutztown University in 2006. At the time of the publishing of this book in 2011, Barbara is working on a Master of Fine Art degree from Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA. She has found herself in art again after all those years.
In her painting Barbara tries to convey a mood or atmosphere, sometimes using many different mediums, other times working with the paint and mediums creating wonderful results.
Many of her landscape and figurative pieces are created in oils and her still lives in acrylics. Although Barbara does not strictly adhere to this guideline, sometimes creating landscapes in acrylic, and still life’s in oil. The only rule she adheres to is to use the medium that fits her mood at the time she is creating each piece.
For the past several years Barbara has been motivated to create portrait and figurative paintings. Her style lends itself to a unique, realistic interpretation of the individual or individuals she may portray.