Barbara Baker was born in Manchester and studied at the Manchester Regional College of Art.
In September 1986 she presented her first solo exhibition at the Tib Lane Gallery in Manchester.
John Robert-Blunn wrote in the Manchester Evening News - “For her first one man exhibition, Cheshire based artist Barbara Baker, has gathered a powerful collection in a wide range of media at the Tib Lane Gallery. By far the most impressive pictures are the portraits which have strength whatever the medium or tint of heavy paper. They have strength of character so that one feels that one actually knows the models.
Barbara Baker’s bigger pictures are even better and there are two fine nudes which are not only good life studies, they seem full of vitality” .