BarbBarcikKeith

BarbBarcikKeith

Maple Heights, United States

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Simply put; born in Cleveland Ohio; began drawing at the ripe old age of 4 because of my mother’s wonderful little Betty Boop drawings!!
Graduated from high school on a Sunday and started at Cooper School of Art, a commerical art school, on Monday – the shortest summer vacation of my life. A year and a half later I left – 6 months before graduation.
Worked at various jobs, moved to New York for an opportunity with Pan Am at JFK International Airport because one must eat. That’s where I met my first husband and after 12 years and 2 kids, got divorced and moved back to Ohio and family… which is where I met my second husband.. it’s been 27 years together (26 married in July) and still counting!
Through all of the moves, relationships, kids and jobs – the art, like a lover, has always been there for me. I believe that realism is where I am and where I belong. There is nothing in the world like the feeling you get when something comes to life under your hands. I love what I do, and I’m hoping that you love it too. No grand imposing words.. no ethereal meaning to what I do.. it is a gift that only becomes viable through the eyes of the viewer… you.
In December of 2008 I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I have gone through everything I need to except I have found that healing is a lot harder than the treatments ever could be. The good news is that as of June 2013 – I’ve reached the magic number of 5 years cancer free and plan to stay that way!
In 2011, with circumstances beyond my control, my youngest son, his dog and 2 kids moved into my little house. Early in 2012, they all went to Chicago to visit his soon-to-be-ex wife. He didn’t come back but the kids did. I learned a great deal about my son, most of which I’m NOT proud of. On October 10, 2013, full legal custody was granted to my husband and I. The kids are so happy now.. knowing they will never have to live with their “sperm donor” father again. He has no power over them now.. and the stories they’ve told me I don’t wish to repeat.
Also, please do check out the items available at Zazzle
Purchasing anything to do with Noah’s – either photos or art – will become a donation to the care and feeding of the creatures at Noah’s Lost Ark Sanctuary.









  • Age: 68
  • Joined: October 2007

Journal

Did any one notice my absence??

Yesterday.. I went to the hospital and had all my remaining teeth pulled (all of 15) and dentures put in. Nobody told me that I would have to wait for what felt like forever. They were doing a very complicated “jaw replacement” before me so I didn’t get into OR (scheduled for 11AM) until after 2PM. / It’s okay with me seeing as the other person is probably in a lot more pa…
Posted 8 months – 8 comments

From my Grandson for Mother's Day

The following is the poem my grandson, Dillan, wrote on Mother’s Day this year. I never expected something like this from a 15 year old boy – who has many more fun things to do.. but this made me cry: / Let me start by letting you know / That it’s because of you I didn’t let go / You saved me in time to see another day / It’s because of you I didn’t run astray. / Sometimes I feel lik…
Posted over 1 year – 3 comments

Good News

Today was another follow-up colonoscopy – they like to keep tabs on those of us that have endured and survived cancer. So.. here’s the news – cancer for 5 years!! I don’t have to have this test for 5 YEARS!! / Just wanted to let you know that I’m gonna be around for a while now… ;0))))
Posted over 1 year – 23 comments

Maxie, a sad tale

September 25th, I noticed that Max seemed to be having some trouble seeing. As the days continued on, it got worse… he started bumping into things. But the biggest problem was when the sun set. IF he went out at all, he would panic and start running into the fence, the house, the garage.. he would get so distressed that he would begin panting and when I’d try bring him in.. he’d…
Posted almost 3 years – 10 comments