|Barbara makes an annual pilgrimage to County Mayo in the west of Ireland. She feels at home there and enjoys the special light from the Atlantic as seen in the luminosity of Lacken Cross. She immerses herself in Irish culture, reading about the history and listening to the local radio. She has become close to some of the local residents she says they are great talkers, and the stories she hears from them in the pub are as important to her as the landscape of the surrounding coastline. She is concerned with how the land is managed and lives are led in these rural communities.
The Belmullet peninsula is one of Raes favourite spots, where she has painted the beautiful Achill series. Other inspiring locations for Barbara include Ceide - a prehistoric site outside Ballycastle; and the Skellig Islands, Valentia Island and St Finians Bay, all overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean.