Misia Broadhead was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Italy, in Rome and Tuscany. Italy was a great source of inspiration for her creativity as she was surrounded by its marvels of art and architecture. She attended The Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting in London and upon her return to Rome hosted her first solo exhibit in 1980. She proceeded to work on commissions in Rome and Tuscany and subsequently hosted exhibits of her paintings in Washington, D.C. She later partnered with Susan Byrne and opened a gallery in Middleburg, Virginia, now known as The Byrne Gallery. When she married the English painter Anthony Barham in Middleburg, they created The Broadhead-Barham Studio open to visitors for commissioned work and sale of paintings. Misia and Anthony have their smaller paintings on permanent display at The Antique Emporium in Middleburg as well as The Inn at Little Washington.