I started my career in LA in television - but quickly realized I would be managing production rather than developing stories. So I left and started the process of learning to draw so I could create an original fantasy fiction world, beginning with the art direction. I needed to learn to draw fluently.
I started with landscape paintings, slowly developed characters. Finally I'm painting the settlements.
To develop my drawing skills, I had to change my self-perception away from the shame inducing elementary school illustrated stories - my only previous experience drawing. I'm sure many people also felt that way. As a result, I became a geek of self-development, positive psychology and brain research, how to overcome fear, etc.
As a result of all that great advice, I get to include my stories . One coach trains a team of athletes and gives advice I once learned from a winning Olympic coach. It keeps the books light and positive, even as you see the daunting tasks being asked of this team of people. You cheer them on knowing their weakness is to fail to take the advice.
In a world where what you believe you receive, the premise of the Kalendra Chronicles, provides opportunity for both darkness and humor.
Barbara Ferrier Exhibition backstory from Barbara Ferrier on Vimeo.