Artist Gregory Barnes

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The Artist Says:

God gave me a measure of talent and I'm using it.


A brief timeline of my artistic journey focusing on who I learned most from and how I make a living as a full-time artist:
1985  Graduated Wake Forest University with Bachelors in Fine Art
1985-2001  Worked various jobs in technical illustration, printing, computer graphics, and multimedia programming. 
2002 Began doing charcoal portraits and exploring soft pastels. Purchased the book Eternal Truths for Every Artist, by Harley Brown.  Studied it every day and still refer to it to this day.  Took pastel workshop with Kevin Beck. Painted or sketched every day I could. Modeled my signature after Wolf Kahn's (first initial & last name).  I liked the simplicity of it and wanted to be able to reproduce it easily with pastel.
2003  Took two five-day workshops with Albert Handell.  (March and November)  Painted or sketched every day I could. Also began doing outdoor art festivals in my area, and started branching out farther to national shows.  Art festivals became my primary way to support my family.
2005  Took 10 day workshop with Scott Christensen in Jackson, WY. Learned his limited palette approach among many other things. 
2006  Began teaching a few lessons to local students around town.  Met most students through the art festivals. People wanted to learn how to paint like I was painting.
2007-present  Still traveling the country doing fine art festivals, teaching workshops, and participating in Plein Air events.  I also do commissions from time to time.  Began choosing Gallery representation by developing relationships with those who have shown an interest in selling my work.   
-Under the Oaks, Vero Beach FL, 1st place in drawing category
-Art in the Square, Southlake TX, Exceptional artist award
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE)

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