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If you're looking for that perfect piece of art for any of your artistic desires, then you've come to the right place!   Do you have friends, family, a spouse, children, bosses or co-workers who are "hard to buy for"? Then I have the perfect solution...

Need a special art piece for that wall at home?

Want to just treat yourself to an artistic keepsake?

Need an outstanding, one of a kind gift that will keep on giving for ANY occasion?

Everyone has a favorite something....transform it into something "everlasting".

Pets, homes, vacation spots, business locations, cars, boats and most importantly those special someones in your life. These are all precious "somethings" I can turn into an everlasting masterpiece, that will become your pride and joy for years to come!

You can reach me at (847)726-7604, or at my e-mail address: artworkbybarb@yahoo.com, so we can immediately start working together on your "perfect artistic piece". You can also go to my Esty Store and in the Search box type: CustomArtbyBarb.  (all one word). I am always adding paintings for sale here.

Send me your favoriate photograph, and I will capture the "heart and soul" of the subject and bring it to life in an oil painting, pastel painting or pencil drawing. 

The first medium I use is oil paint on canvas. The second medium are pastels. They are basically chalks that come in stick and pencil forms, and the textures can range from hard to very soft. Pastels come in a wide variety of colors and values. The surfaces I use are sandpaper and pastelboard. The sandpaper is a very fine grit (200) archival paper that accepts many layers of color. The pastelboard that I use is ground marble applied to masonite. The third medium is graphite (pencil). They range from hard to very soft graphite. I use archival 4 ply cotton paper for my drawings. This ensures the lasting quality of my graphite drawings.

I will be adding additional examples to this website on an on-going basis, so visit me often!

New this year!  PAINTING PARTIES in the comfort of your own home!

Get together with your friends for a painting party. I will bring everything needed to create your masterpiece. You and your friends will learn how to paint a beautiful piece of art, and have a good time while you’re at it! No experience is necessary. 

TO BOOK A PARTY:     Call Barb Benstein at:
847-726-7604 or
                                       Email:  artworkbybarb@yahoo.com 
LENGTH OF PARTY:   2 1/2 hours  
COST: $30 per person at your home (6—10 people)
            $35 per person at the studio in  Lake Zurich (10—20 people)