Earline W. Payne was born on July 17, 1926 on an Oklahoma farm and was raised in Texas and California. Earline married James O. Barnes. Through his military career, Jim and Earline moved and traveled extensively for over twenty-five years – and had five children along the way. Jim retired a Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Army in 1972. They chose El Paso for their permanent home.
Earline always wanted to be an artist, but with a large, young family there was no time. As years went by and the children grew and left home, Earline finally found time for art. She began art classes in the early 70’s studying under Carl Cogar. After a few years of lessons, Cogar urged Earline to teach her own classes. Earline started slowly, teaching painting to children and senior citizens for the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department. After a few years, Earline found her talent in demand and she taught workshops around the country. She gave demonstrations for art groups and also taught art classes in her home studio. She taught art for over twenty years.
Earline actively painted for thirty-three years and is well known for her distinctive impressionist work and was also known as a colorist. Earline won numerous awards during the pursuit of her love – including many First Place and Best of Show awards.
Earline also gave many hours of her time to public television’s KCOS art programs and appeared numerous times over the years as a commentator for the on-the-air art auctions.
Earline was a member of the El Paso Art Association, Knickerbocker Artists, Pastel Society of El Paso and the National League of American Pen Women.
In recent years, Earline’s paintings were featured in many regional galleries, including:
Advant Studio & Gallery of El Paso, TX
Glenn Cutter Gallery of Las Cruces, NM
El Presidio Gallery of Ruidoso, NM
Emerald Isle of El Paso, TX
Folger Gallery of Midland, TX
Hal Marcus Gallery of El Paso, TX
Joseph Bender Art & Antiques of El Paso, TX
Linda Lundeen Gallery of Las Cruces, NM
Mill Atlier Gallery of Sante Fe, NM
Studio W Gallery of Las Cruces, NM
The Sun Bowl Art Show in El Paso, TX in November 2006, in conjunction with the Sun Bowl Association, will feature an Earline W. Barnes Award, to honor Earline’s many years of contributions to the El Paso art community.
Earline’s work is included in many permanent private collections, including the El Paso Museum of Art, Ft. Bliss Air Defense Museum, El Paso Marriott, Sierra Providence Medical Center and the International Museum of Art.
Earline W. Barnes passed away October 31, 2005 in El Paso, Texas.