- Category : Art-Commercial-artist
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (20)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Eden 4
American artist and author who is, most of all, an inspiring example of how people can go through hell and emerge with strength and humor, avoiding the victim mentality in favor of personal choice.
Barbara was one of seven kids born in rural Alabama, raised in fear of the drunken rages of their dad. Her face was covered with dark moles and so disfigured from malnutrition that her chin receded to where her buckteeth could cover her sister's fist. Kids at school were merciless, calling her dogface and suggesting that she wear a bag over her head. The family moved constantly, living in shacks in raw poverty. She had a serious bout with rheumatic fever at 13 and the one constant, a raging, drunken father who at times, used his belt.
From the time she was six or seven, Barbara told people that someday she was going to be an artist. She allowed herself a dream, a mission with the resilience of an unambiguous core of character. She worked after school to pay for nine years of dental work, though straightening out her face - and her life - actually took decades.
At 18 she married for a year, when her 20-year-old husband left her pregnant. Four years later she wed again but was not ready to make an informed choice. She took her first big steps after the second marriage finished. In 1983, Moss had extensive plastic surgery at the teaching-university. The results were dramatic; a petite, attractive brunette emerged. She worked, raised her son, went to art school and earned an art degree. With a scholarship, she earned her master's in printmaking in 1991.
By her third marriage, she got it right with a solid and supportive partner, Duane de Raad. Her family now includes two step-daughters. In September 2000, she published her first book, "Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter," for which Goldie Hawn has snapped up the movie rights. Her second memoir is in the works, "Singing to the Wild Cat."
She died of cancer in Leawood KS on 9 October 2009.