Artist Richard Barnett

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I think many painters are, to some degree voyeurs.  We watch the world, looking for special moments that might otherwise be missed, and show you that moment through the lens of our eyes and experiences. When choosing images to paint, I strive to be a witness to the emotions, the tragedies, the struggles and the triumphs of mundane and exceptional existence. I try to document the way people shout, just by living, that they are here, and by existing they, at least a moment, leave a mark.

There is an almost blurry aspect to most of my paintings, the further back you step, the clearer the image becomes, but as you step closer it becomes a blur of color and brush strokes. I think this is because I was born VERY nearsighted, and it wasn’t caught until around 5 years old. I first experienced the world as fuzzy and indistinct, it only became clear when my nose was near to being pressed against it. I think that stays with me and influences the way I interpret things, even today.

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