Barbara Zielke lives in Mt. Vernon Washington, north of Seattle in the Skagit Valley with her husband, sculptor Arno Zielke. Growing up and going to school in the New York City area established her love of art. Living for a time in Europe intensified Barbara’s interest in the classic masters and introduced the modern movements. She would study further upon her return to New York. Painting primarily with pastels and the influences that surrounded her here in the Pacific Northwest, the San Juan Islands and the majestic Cascade mountains.