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Barbara Benstein

Work Of Art By Benstein Gallery

"Family keeps me grounded...art makes me soar! Enjoy the ride."

My name is Barb Benstein. I am a 28 year resident of Lake Zurich, Illinois. My love of art started at an early age and you could always find me sketching animals, especially horses. My Mom says I was born with a crayon in my hand! Mostly self-taught, I specialize in pastel and oil paintings of people and pets, as well as homes and landscapes. After working as a graphic artist for 10 years,...

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... I began painting full-time in 1994. Painting with pastels has always been my favorite medium. I love the vibrancy of the colors and the richness of the texture. I also love working in oil as well. While my style is the same, oil paintings add another dimension to my work.

There is a story behind every commissioned piece I do. Many times I find myself “caught up in the moment” when working on a piece. I think about why my client wants this painting done and put those emotions into the artwork.

When I complete a piece and show it to my client for the first time, the emotional reaction I get tells me I’ve done my job well. That is what I love about painting the most.

I also teach art class to 9-11 years olds, teens and adults at Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich. It is very fulfilling to see their artistic talents grow.

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People’s Choice Award - Ela Fine Arts Show, Deer Park, ‘02
People’s Choice Award - Ela Festival of Arts, Lake Zurich, ‘01
Purchase Awards; Ela Festival of Arts 1998 & 1999
Best of Show Award; Lake County Art League Festival, ‘01
Award of Artistic Merit 2nd Place; Lake County Art League Festival ‘02
Award of Excellence; Bartlett Fine Arts Fest 2010
Best of Show; Des Plaines Invitational Art Show 2013
First Place, Richmond Art Festival 2014
First Place, Algonquin Riverfront Art Festival 2014 & 2015
1st Place in Pastel - South Haven Art Festival 2015 & 2016

Medium foggy sunset

Sunset in the fog 22 x 28
Paintings: Oil
$1200.00

Medium geneva 2a

Gray Stallion Profile
Paintings: Oil
$950.00

 
Medium bensteinb kittyfinn

Rescued kitty 16 x 16
2D
$900.00

Medium centaro

Centaro, wild mustang of Sand...
Paintings: Oil
$2000.00

Medium gray profile 2

Gray Stallion
Paintings: Oil
$875.00

 
Medium andaulsian

Andalusian Mare
Paintings: Oil
$875.00

Medium sorrel

Sorrel Quarter Horse
Paintings: Oil
$875.00

Medium phoebe rust background

Arabian Mare
Paintings: Oil
$875.00

 
Medium appy head study

Appoloosa Head Study
Paintings: Oil
$925.00

Medium close up eye

Close up
Paintings: Oil
$900.00

Medium belgian ladies

Draft mares in summer
Paintings: Oil
$2400.00

 
Medium ears laid back

Here comes trouble!
Paintings: Oil
$625.00

Medium egret taking flight

Egret taking flight
Paintings: Oil
$1200.00

Medium mustang s eye

Wild and Free
Paintings: Oil
$900.00

 
Medium reverse silhouette 1

Reverse silhouette of horse
Paintings: Oil
$550.00

Medium silhouette 2a

Reverse silhouette of horse II
Paintings: Oil
$550.00

Medium winter morning

Winter Morning
Paintings: Oil
$1200.00

 
Medium british columbia canada

British Columbia
Paintings: Oil
$975.00

Medium south haven michigan harbor

Black River, South Haven, MI
Paintings: Oil
$875.00

Medium benstein oil  3

Fall trees
Paintings: Oil
$425.00

 
Medium dsc 0133

Fall leaves 14 x 11
Paintings: Oil
$425.00

Medium rocky 2 mistaya canyon alberta can

Mistaya Canyon, Canada
Paintings: Oil
$975.00

Medium rocky 1 crowfoot glacier alberta cn adjusted

Crowfoot Glacier, Canada 20 x 16
Paintings: Oil
$975.00

 
Medium rocky 4 glacier nat park mt

Rocky Mountain National Park 20...
Paintings: Oil
$975.00

Medium bensteinb teamwork

Teamwork 20 x 24
2D
$1200.00

Medium afternoon storm

After the Storm
2D
$2100.00

Medium flamingo fuzzy

Flamingo
2D
$380.00

Medium hummingbird fuzzy

Hummingbird
2D
$380.00

 
Medium northern flicker

Northern Flicker
2D
$380.00

Medium parrot fuzzy

Parrot
2D
$380.00

Medium peacock  2

Peacock
2D
$380.00

 
Medium rooster

Rooster
2D
$380.00

Medium mt robertson fuzzy

Mt. Roberston, British Columbia
Paintings: Oil
$975.00

Medium river crossing

River Crossing
2D
$1100.00