Akron, Ohio artist, Barbara Krans Jenkins graduated from Kent State University, 1965 (B.A. Science in Education, Art, K-12). After teaching two years and while raising a family of 4 children, she free-lanced from her home doing calendars, logos, magazine illustrations, pet and home portrait commissions and art shows.
Barbara enjoys working on location, whether it is doing a delicate botanical study or a more elaborate painting, selecting forest floor microcosms from the abundant flora and fauna around her. It is always important to her to capture the delicate ecological balance of her subjects in their environment. She finds her subject matter from her beloved Cuyahoga Valley National Park near home, west, to the Mendocino headlands of Northern California, and east, to the Maine northern coastal waters off Acadia National Park.