Barbara Thaxter- Barbara spent the first adult years of her life as a cartographer. It was only after retiring as a nursery/infant teacher that. Barbara had time to follow her love of drawing and cautiously venture into painting. Barbara is very aware of the importance of tonal values getting great pleasure from producing and painting with strong light and darks. Barbara loves to paint sunlight and shadow, and tries to create the feel good factor in her paintings in oils, pastel and acrylic mediums.