Barb grew up in Granville, Ohio, and resides in Columbus, Ohio. She earned a B.F.A. in painting and a M.F.A. in photography at The Ohio State University. Her photographs been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, and in 2009 she received the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Award for her encaustic portrait work. In September of 2012 she was also awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council. She is a member of Spring Street Studios, an artist cooperative in Columbus, the Ohio Art League and CAW (Creative Arts of Women).