A native Californian, Barbara J. Brown continues to live in the Golden State with her family. She enjoys her retirement from the YMCA with activities in oil painting, photography, beading and writing. Her degree in art has been enhanced over the years with workshops from artists Jeanne M. Steele, Beverly Hicks and Linda Pietz, and photographer John Hendrickson. "It was a long time before I could indulge in doing what I love on a daily basis - creating beautiful works of art, recording the splendor of nature with my camera or in my journal. I was very fortunate to have had workshops from these extraordinarily talented people who were willing to share their expertise. In my creative endeavors, I continue to strive to reach their high level of artistry."