Barbara Leonardi was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and now resides in Lido Beach, NY. She also spends time in her home in Rincon, Puerto Rico and West Palm Beach, FL. Barbara has always had passion for art. In her earlier years and while raising her son she was self taught in drawing and painting. She worked with watercolor on glass and graphite. After 27 years in the Corporate world with two successful careers behind her as VP of Sales in finance and Executive VP of Sales in skincare, she became serious about incorporating art into her daily life. Since 2007 and on a continued daily basis she is extremely active in plein-air painting and attending classes and workshops in landscape and portrait in graphite, oil and pastel which remains her medium of choice today.