Barb Wauchope earned a B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974 and then worked as a batik artist for ten years. A solo exhibit in Boulder, Colorado featuring fanciful animal-themed wall hangings caught the eye of a local artist-designer, Jan Folsom, and the two collaborated for six years on a business producing a one-of-a-kind hand-painted or batiked high fashion clothing line featuring flowers and wildlife-decorated silks. Barb subsequently obtained M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of New Hampshire. She spent the next twenty years working as a social science researcher and program evaluation consultant to education and social service organizations, being a wife and mother, and volunteering for environmental and other organizations in her community. Although not her primary occupation, throughout those years art history and art remained her passion. She took classes and continued to paint, draw, look at and think about art. In 2016 this work culminated in a Certificate in Painting from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in juried and non-juried shows around New England.