connect us to our shared humanity





whether of pain or joy, form us. 


How do you celebrate a story, a legacy, or a life full of experiences? 

You preserve it.

You share it.


To preserve the important stories in your life and to leave a legacy 



"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

"Stephanie Barenz has created a marvelous vision for us. She captured the unique architectural features of our community and church and populated it with the people who live, study, and worship here." 

Mark Jeske | Executive Pastor of St. Marcus Lutheran Church | Milwaukee, WI

" 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


The mission of S. Barenz Studio is to honor the stories of others through painting and writing. It is often difficult to find that special gift to celebrate a retirement, anniversary, or corporate event. Honor your story by reserving a bespoke painting and storybook from S. Barenz Studio.



Stephanie Barenz, an award-winning artist, and Molly Snyder, a well-known storyteller and writer, listen to your story. Stephanie creates a custom painting and Molly writes a creative copy. Then they weave the two together into a storybook. The result is two beautifully crafted art pieces that will forever preserve your legacy.