Meet Barbara


Barbara O’Neil Ross

Who am I?  I am a professional artist and teacher with a quirky imagination and a strong interest in protecting the environment.  After graduating from Stanford, I taught and tutored children in grades 4-9 in Manhattan, San Francisco, and Carbondale, CO. While married and living in Cambridge, MA, I tutored adults and children and took a wide variety of art classes, including a three-year Color and Design course.


Over a five-year period, I focused on this “Fooling With Mother Nature” series, combining the joy of creating thought-provoking, surreal scenes with humor and important environmental messages. 


The Cambridge Arts Council awarded me an exhibition of the series and a grant to make portable copies of my pastel paintings to carry into the public schools.  I used the images to stimulate conversation about ways we damage nature and what we can do to help.  It was the first stage of an exciting FREE “Fooling with Mother Nature” program I am offering today on this FWMN website.


Why am I doing this? The program has been highly successful on both the East and West Coasts.  Enthusiastic classroom reactions confirmed my belief that my artwork can be a powerful teaching tool.  Entirely self-funded, this program is my effort to improve our world and get the next generation deeply involved in saving Planet Earth.