Barbara Westfield was born on 28th February 1962 in Washington D. C. as the third daughter Charles Brook. She began her career of painter when she studied the Woodrow Wilson High School – she always loved that smell of colors in her father’s studio. Her biggest icons were her parents. When she decided what to do, Barbara fulfilled her dreams with signing up on University of the District of Columbia, College of Arts and Sciences. She successfully finished Bachelor’s Degree in Art in 1984 and then continued with Master of Art Degree in Special Education till 1986 when she graduated.
She’d found a husband while she studied. He was always supporting her – even when she decided to publish her first novel for children inspired by her art series. She also illustrated that book. She wrote two more books for children after the birth of her first child. Then she stayed home as a housewife and devoted to painting.
She loved traveling with her husband. Visiting new places and meeting new people, that was her life motto. She traveled around the United States, visited Australia and Mexico many times. And she always brought new stories to her children when she got back.
My mother was an amazing woman who was always thinking of others before herself. She was absolutely the best at telling fairy tales. Every word I heard from her had its specific magic power. I can remember everything she told us. Every nightmare was gone when she came in, every monster under our beds fell asleep when she opened the door to our bedroom. Little fairies she sewed of the rest of fabric, that were hanging from the ceiling, seemed to live and fly.
She had two children – daughters Cindy and Hannah.
We all miss her and wish she was still here with us sewing little cute dolls with fairy wings and telling us adventurous stories about their kingdoms while sitting in the armchair.
With love daughter Cindy
1962 — 2011
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