Brushstrokes By Barbara

Artwork by Barbara Lewin

Artwork and information for Barbara Lewin



Barbara Lewin's faith has always been at the cornerstone of her artwork. It's what guides her as she chooses to continue portraying the spectacular landscapes created by God.

altShe honed her skills as an acrylic painter while battling Myofascial Pain Syndrome(MPS), a condition which at one time severely compromised the use of her right arm. After ten years of being misdiagnosed and struggling to learn the cause of her ailment, (including a misdiagnosis of breast cancer), she finally received the answer from a well-informed and compassionate pain management physician. Through his care, a slow healing process and a hopeful and positive attitude, Barbara’s health improved.

"I firmly believe that with God's help," she said, "I can accomplish things I was once afraid to tackle."

In 2004, although the muscle strength in her body weakened, she was finally able to manage the pain. She unpacked her paints and brushes and for the first time in years, Barbara took to the easel like a bee to honey. She challenged her physical disability and was rewarded with the best therapeutic remedy- painting!

Her painting is a reflection of her inner spirit- it continues to learn, to love, and to find peace in the simplest things around her. Her work centers around natural wonders: the spectacular sunset, the majestic mountains, the endless and soothing sea, and the fascinating cascade of waterfalls. The texture of her palette paintings enables the viewer "to feel" what she sees, and almost hear the whisper of the soft wind as it sways the thick pine trees, ripples the running water and touches the flowers in the fields.

Barbara received an Associates Degree in Advertising Art & Design from the State University at Farmingdale, New York. In the 1990s, she attended continuing education courses and studied palette painting for two years. It was then that she discovered a creative outlet to uniquely express the love she felt for the world around her. Over time, she learned how to adjust a Bob Ross technique of painting on black gesso to work with her acrylics, which became the basis of her work.

In August 2004, with a beautifully written introduction by David Finz that was published as a front cover story in the Hicksville Illustrated News, her work was formally introduced.

In 2008, she was invited to have her first exhibit at the Glen Cove Public Library and was encouraged by enthusiastic feedback by admirers who were looking forward to seeing more of her work. She became an active member of the Town of Oyster Bay Rotational Artist program. Her paintings have been and still continue to be exhibited at various banks, businesses and libraries. Click here to view schedule of current exhibits.

In 2014, she gave her first public demonstration of her unique painting-on-black-gesso style at the Glen Cove Public Library. Shortly after, the Hicksville Public Library invited her to do a demo and this opened the door to teaching her technique at a workshop.

Currently, she exhibits at galleries, at banks, at businesses and at libraries, does Bob Ross style demos and instructs students at all levels of experience through a series of workshops. She has been interviewed by and featured in several Long Island newspapers and has received numerous awards at juried art shows.

Feel the wind; envision the soft bending of the branches of the tall pines below the snow-capped mountains where rushing water continues its trek through the thick forest. This is the basis of her work, and a reflection of her efforts. “God has a plan for me. I hope that through my paintings, I can continue to use the skill He gave me and reflect the magnificent and breathtaking scenes around me."

Barbara resides on Long Island, New York with her most devoted fan, her husband, Pete. Nearby are her motivational team- her two talented daughters and five adorable grandchildren. Her older daughter, Jodi Fahey designed and set up this Web Site. Her younger daughter, Amy Liaskos, does the graphic designs for print work.

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