About Barb Benstein:
Barb Benstein lives in Chicagoland and has been doing business in that area for over 21 years. Her love of art started at an early age and you could always find her sketching animals, especially horses. "My mom always said I was born with a crayon in my hand!"
Mostly self-taught, Barb specializes in pastel and oil paintings of people and pets, as well as homes, cars and landscapes. After working as a graphic artist for 10 years, she began painting full-time in 1993. In 2008 she began teaching art to 6 - 8 year olds at the Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, IL. "This is the age they need encouragement. It's satisfying to see these young 'Rembrandts' grow as artists."