Barbi paints in watercolours and oils, watercolours being her first love. She first studied and later took over the Leonie Turk art school in Cape town and then did a mentorship with Tim Johnson. A local and international artist,she has participated in many combined exhibitions, and painted with the late Richard Rennie. She is inspired by South African landscapes, rural scenes and its people. At present she is the co-ordinator for Art in the Garden and teaches from home.