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Barb Benik Studio

My art covers traditional mediums including pencil, pen and ink, acrylic, oil, watercolor and digital art. As a lifelong doodler, I always have sketching materials on hand.

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.

We moved to Fort Collins in 2016 and 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, as well as cat-themed paintings. 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 (CCS), a cageless shelter for homeless, abandoned and abused cats in the Denver metro area. I also donated this acrylic painting to CCS for their upcoming fundraiser in February 2021. 

"Pride Of Frida"

In 2020, I began using the iPad app Procreate to create digital art on which I base traditional media pieces.  It has become a huge time saver in my artistic journey, and I encourage other artists to try this digital tool.

Going into 2021 my goal is to paint more of our birds in both acrylic and oil. Best wishes this new year!