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Artist Terry Barnes


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The Artist Says:


In the creative process I strongly rely upon my deep sense of spirituality nurtured and built upon since early childhood.  Capturing the ambiance and feeling of the subject matter, yet striking a balance between stark realism and the elements of God’s creation, bringing the viewer into an experience of being within the context of the art itself.  My work reflects a strong emphasis on lighting and bold use of color representative of painters from the Impressionistic era such as Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Claude Monet.  Abstract and more contemporary pieces reflect my admiration of modern artists including Kandinsky, Fratz Kline, Charles Schorre and Makoto Fujimura.




Biography



 
 
Terry began studying art at the age of 12, paying for his own lessons in pastel and oil painting at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas. Always passing through the museum’s permanent art collection on the way to class, Terry intently studied and admired the vast array of techniques and styles.  Following high school, Terry attended the La Villita School of Art and the Ollom School of Advanced Design where he focused on both painting and graphic design.  Moving to Houston, he continued his art studies at the University of Houston.  He became an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer, eventually building a successful career as an advertising art director and creative director at such agencies as GSD&M and Young & Rubicam. 
 Terry has now returned to his first love, painting, using the God-given talent and deep spirituality he has nurtured and built upon since early childhood. Capturing the ambiance and feeling of his subject matter, Terry strikes a balance between stark realism and the elements of God's creation, bringing the viewer into an experience of being within the context of the art itself.  His paintings reflect a strong emphasis on lighting and bold use of color representative of painters from the Impressionistic era such as Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Claude Monet.  His abstract and more contemporary pieces reflect his admiration of modern artists including Kandinsky, Fratz Kline, Charles Schorre and Makoto Fujimura. Terry and his wife Carolyn reside in Austin, Texas, their home for more than 30 years.
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