Barbara Kay Herring is a Chicago based artist, living in the Lakeview/Wrigleyville area. She received most of her training at the Drawing Workshop (formerly located in the historic Tree Studios), the Palette and Chisel Academy of Art and periodic workshops with well known artists.

Barbara is currently a member of the Palette and Chisel Academy of Art and a member of the Plein Air Painters Chicago. She exhibits with the Plein Air Painters Chicago in their annual exhibitions.

Barbara paints and sketches on site, as well as in her studio. Though, she works primarily in oils, she enjoys the versatility of doing watercolor sketches. Her goal is to capture the energy of a site, paying attention to light/dark patterns and eye-catching composition. She likes to depict less scenic areas of a city or countryside, such as a construction site or a dilapidated barn.

Barbara Kay Herring Fine Art


Chicago is home and everyday sites provide much of my inspiration. EL tracks, old water tanks, back alleys and parking lots are all part of an urban landscape I am drawn to. They don't need to be 'beautiful', but they do need to be interesting.

Since retiring from a ‘normal’ job, I have had to opportunity to do a bit of traveling. Again, the energy of a particular scene be it a barn or mountain will attract me. The work is to capture that energy with consideration to the composition and values. Using sketches, on-site paintings or photo references, the challenge is to produce a finished work that the viewer can relate to.