Barbara Stewart was born on September 16, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan. She grew up in the Detroit area and attended Redford Union High School and the University of Michigan. After moving to Phoenix with husband Carl Bueker and four children in 1963, she began her artistic career as a student at Glendale Community College. There she began to produce a series of oil paintings, sketches, collages and other projects that has been consistently accomplished. Upon graduation from Arizona State University in 1974, Barbara enjoyed a twenty year career as a highly successful art teacher in Glendale, Arizona, from which she retired in 1996. She now lives in the Phoenix area and has taken full advantage of her free time as a retired teacher to renew her career as an important and perceptibly evolving painter.