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Barbara Benik

My art covers traditional mediums including pencil, pen and ink, acrylic, oil, watercolor, and even stained glass mosaics. I go through phases where I work exclusively in one medium, but I always have sketching materials on hand.  I am a life long doodler!

Florals, Landscapes, Animals, and Birds are a few of the subjects in my work. In 2017, I acquired a motion activated camera to photograph the birds in our backyard, and I use some of those photos as reference materials for drawings and paintings.

Since moving to Fort Collins in 2016, we have undertaken a garden renovation that has rekindled my love of bird watching. Our ongoing goal is to enhance the wildlife habitat in order to attract pollinators and increase the variety of visiting bird species. The garden provides inspiration and is an outdoor studio for creating art.  

I was a contributing artist for the Tails of the Painted Cats fundraiser in 2015, 2017, and 2019. My donations included a painted cat sculpture each of those years, and a cat-themed painting in 2015 and 2019. Tails of the Painted Cats is an extravaganza of feline art that is created and donated by artists in the Denver, Colorado region. This unique fundraiser benefits Cat Care Society, a cageless shelter for homeless, abandoned and abused cats in the Denver metro area. 

In 2020, I began using the iPad app Procreate to create original art on which I base traditional media pieces.  It has become a huge time saver in my artistic journey.