Barbara E. Sullivan grew up in New York City but has resided in rural Massachusetts for the past 50+ years. She took paintbrush to canvas only four years ago and has rapidly created a diverse offering of one of a kind paintings. She now offers workshops, private lessons, and commissions. 


During the course of her professional career, she taught foreign languages to students from 7th grade through college. Along with a colleague, she created and presented professional development workshops for teachers throughout New England. 

Barbara is fluent in several languages and was a creative and enthusiastic teacher. After her career in education, she has discovered a new passion for painting and creating unique works of art. She loves color and whimsy and experimenting with new artistic techniques and mediums. 


She was not aware of an artistic calling although she has always enjoyed creative endeavors such as gardening and needlework. However, after her husband gifted her and her granddaughter an art class with acclaimed artist Donna Estabrooks she became obsessed with painting. She now has her own home studio, built by her supportive husband, in rural New England. She finds inspiration in watching the seasons change through the many windows of her studio.

She likes nothing better than to take refuge in her studio to play with color and create happy works of art. Her ginger cat, Finnian, constantly serves as a muse for her many feline paintings. She also derives inspiration from the palettes of the may foreign countries she and her husband have visited together. Her love for travel has influenced the unique style of her work. Her favorite subjects are whimsical flowers, nature, hearts, cats, and colorful abstracts.

Barbara has shown her work throughout western Massachusetts, Baltimore, Maryland, and New York City. Be sure to check this website routinely for her most recent work and updates on her next gallery show! You can also contact her at artbybes@gmail.com and like, share and follow her Facebook page: Art by BES