About the Artist

I’ve been making art most of my life, but after retiring from a career in nursing I decided to pursue my passion for painting full time.

~~ Barbara Lipkin

My Paintings

I have taken many courses and workshops over the years in painting, drawing, sculpture, print-making and art history, so I can’t claim to be self-taught, but in a sense, I think all artists are self-taught. You can learn the techniques and materials, but they are only tools to let you make your vision appear on canvas. However, I love to teach others so that they, too, can begin making art.

I love to play with paint, to create interesting, beautiful and often whimsical art by combining different shapes, colors, textures and designs. My work has evolved considerably in the years I’ve been creating paintings. These days, the paintings often have little, if anything, to do with representing anything real and everything with seeing where my experimentation can take me.

A life-long resident of the Chicago area, I’ve participated in many local shows and art fairs. My work is included in a number of private and business collections.

My Novels

All forms of art are connected to each other, and my latest artistic expressions include three recently published mystery novels having to do with art, history, travel and even a little romance: Painting Lessons: a Bella Sarver Mystery, Brush With Death: a Bella Sarver Mystery, and Paint a Murder: a Bella Sarver Mystery. The next in the series, Death on the Danube, is due out before the end of 2019.

All artist Bella Sarver really wants to do is paint and teach and enjoy her post-retirement career, but somehow she and her friends keep finding themselves in the midst of murder. Thanks to her knowledge of art, Bella manages to point the way to ‘whodunnit.’

All 3 books are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle versions.