Barbara entered the art business at age 14 when she produced and sold illustrations, portraits and hand-painted crafts in her native Arkansas. She graduated cum laude from the University of Dallas as a sculpture major in 1976, having developed a new alloy and technique for her cast metal work. In the following year, she earned her BFA degree from Arkansas State University, where she studied printmaking, painting and jewelry.

Since college, Barbara has curated, designed and installed over one hundred art exhibitions. Her own paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints have been featured in more than one hundred exhibits, including over forty shows at American museums and universities. Her artwork has been selected in national competition by such prestigious jurors as art historian Dr. Peter Selz of Art in America and Mr. Thomas Armstrong III, Director of the Whitney Museum of Art. Examples of Barbara's art were displayed at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China; her artwork is now part of the permanent collections of the Arkansas Arts Center, the State of Arkansas, and the University of Dallas.

In April of 2008, Barbara celebrated 40 years of creating and selling her artwork.

Barbara resumed her graduate studies in art law and business at Arizona State University in 1987. Her extensive academic research resulted in monographs on art consignment law and on accounting for visual artists at risk in the production of non-multiple images. Since 1994, she has authored and published a series of tax manuals for visual artists known as the Quick-Fix TaxKits.

In 1997, Barbara completed her doctoral dissertation entitled American Taxation and the Visual Arts, reflecting her dual career in tax and the arts. Her press releases have been published over the past forty years, and her art criticism and tax help have been quoted in newspapers, books, and magazines. She writes fiction under a pseudonym, and her second play with her original songs was archived in the Library of Congress in 1999.

Barbara received her Juris Doctor degree in Tax Law from LaSalle University in 1997. She has worked as a business consultant under the name AKAS II for more than 18 years in estate planning and tax matters for artists and other small businesses throughout the United States. She advises on the financial aspects of non-art cases as well.

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