Australian born artist, Barbara Becker, creates images drawn from her experiences while living in her home country, as well as Mexico, the USA and Ireland.

She studied art and design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, where she attained both a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts), and a Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts). Barbara also holds a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico Highlands University.

She is a practicing teacher, artist, and illustrator, now living in Glengarriff, Ireland.

Barbara Becker

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Born Sydney Australia 1958

Studied Visual Arts and Art Education at UNSW College of Fine Arts - 1984-89

Still in her teens, Barbara back-packed through New Zealand, went on to Sri Lanka and eventually England, Scotland and Ireland. It was at this time in her life that the magic of the west coast of Ireland beckoned.

After a detour of 30 years which included co-owning and managing a world-class horse trekking business in the Rocky Mountains in Northern New Mexico, she has returned and now lives in West Cork Ireland.

Barbara has always been a teacher. Whether it was art, equestrian sports, or mainstream classroom education, quality and professionalism have always been her aim.

A woman of "unusual occupations" has allowed her to develop unique skills such as veterinary nursing, dog training, horseshoeing and farriery, horse and rider coaching, curriculum development and public speaking. Creating images; whether as drawings, linocut prints or paintings has been the thread running throughout her life.

In 2010 Barbara and her husband, artist Paul Becker, designed and built a beautiful home from the ground up in Medanales New Mexico.


2016 - Present   Teachers Registration # 212850 – Teaching Council of Ireland
2014   Master of Arts, Curriculum & Instruction, NMHU, New Mexico
2010   New Mexico Teacher License – K-12 Visual Arts Endorsement
2004   Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania Certification
1995   New Mexico Department of Education, Teacher License
1989   Appointment to professional committee, Association of Independent Schools
1985-88   Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) 3 years, College of Fine Arts, UNSW
1984-89   Bachelor of Education (Art) 4 years, College of Fine Arts, UNSW
1978   Art Certificate 2 years, Drawing/Painting major, Seaforth TAFE, NSW

Additional Studies

2018   Art Therapy Summer School – CIT Crawford College of Art & Design Cork, Ireland
2014   Inquiry Science Strategies – Espanola Public Schools PD New Mexico
2012   Differentiated Instruction – Espanola Public Schools PD New Mexico
1992   Monoprinting and Etching workshop, with Dan Weldon, Long Island University, NY
1991   Howard Gardner, “Intelligence related to Art” lecture series, Sydney
1991   Post-Modernism lecture series, University of Technology, Sydney
1989   Aboriginal Art lecture series, Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney
1989   AIS HSC Study Day, Catholic Teachers’ College, North Sydney
1989   AIS Practical Art Teaching Workshop, PLC Pymble Australia
1988   Lithography Workshop, Print Workshop & Gallery, Woollahra Australia
1984   Screen printing Workshop, UNSW Australia