AT S.BARENZ STUDIO, we help you celebrate your story through painting and writing. 

WE BELIEVE that experiences, whether of pain or joy, deserve to be honored.

We want your LEGACY to be SHARED and PRESERVED.





It is often difficult to find a personalized gift to celebrate a retirement, anniversary, or corporate event. Honor your story and the stories of others by reserving a bespoke painting and storybook from our Story Collection. 


Stephanie Barenz and Molly Snyder listen to your story. Stephanie creates a painting and Molly writes a creative copy. The two pieces are combined into a custom storybook. The finished products are two works of art that speak to your story. 



Stephanie Barenz is a Milwaukee artist who honors the stories of others through painting and writing. Her mission is to tell others that their experiences, whether of pain or joy, matter.

Stephanie received her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009. She has been working full-time as an artist for over ten years. Barenz is recognized as an established artist in the Milwaukee community through her participation in several artist residencies such as the Mandel Creative Studio and the Pfister Hotel AiR program. She is Professional Dimension's 2015 SACI Artist. 

Her work has been acquired by notable public collectors, such as Northwestern Mutual and Alverno College and has private collectors across the United States and in Europe. Her paintings have been exhibited at MAM, MOWA, Dean Jensen Gallery, and Expo 75 in Chicago. 

Her work has been featured in The Artist's Magazine, the Journal Sentinel, MPTV, Milwaukee Magazine, the Huffington Post, and many more. 




Working with Stephanie as the Pfister Artist in Residence was like a “breath of fresh air.” Stephanie is a great collaborator and understands that creating partnerships is key to win/win scenarios for both parties. She is quick to provide creative ideas and is willing to try different things in order to get the biggest return on investment without sacrificing the needs of herself or her partners.
— Cassy Scrima | Area Director | Marketing at Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Stephanie took the time to really get to know me, and my vision for the project, as well as produce a painting that was far superior to anything I’d have imagined. The painting, which captured the story of our relationship over the span of 15 years, was gorgeous, personal, and made the perfect gift.
— Lori Fredrich | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
We commissioned a piece from Stephanie for a person who was retiring from a career in public interest law. He loves it. His family loves it. We love it. Stephanie’s work both captured and recreated life’s personal, intimate moments.
— Deedee Peterson | Milwaukee, Wisconsin