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 Jesse Barnes  (1936 - )

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Lived/Active: Missouri      Known for: luminous landscape and seascape painting

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Biography from Hawthorn Galleries Inc.:
Most young boys dream of growing up to be firemen or policemen.  Jesse Barnes wanted to become a famous artist.  During the earliest stages of his life he was already beginning to develop the skills that would someday transform his childhood dream into a reality of becoming an artist..

Jesse Barnes, also known as “The Light Painter”, was born in Jefferson City Missouri in 1936.  His father, a basket maker by trade, and the simple but comfortable life they led in the Ozark hills have always been an inspiration for Barnes/ art.  His paintings are rich with the Midwest heritage of his childhood.
 
Even at a very young age he was fostering his talent, and perhaps recognizing and encouraging the skill of such a young boy and the potential he had, Barnes's Elementary School Principal bought his first original oil.  This 'monumental' sale took place when Jesse was only ten.

He is a self-taught artist whose professional career has now spanned over four decades.  He specializes in Early American Nostalgia, and landscapes with his trademark being lighting effects.  Throughout the past years Jesse has created works for such organizations as Ducks Unlimited, Hallmark Cards, American Field magazine, and The Bradford Exchange. 

In 1999 Barnes was honored to create a Limited Edition Collectors Print for the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee. This piece was commissioned by Fine Art Ltd. of St. Louis and proceeds went to benefit the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

To date, he has published over 50 Limited Edition Collectors Prints.  His first edition entitled Night Before Christmas was released in 1983.  Since that time his work has been intended to take viewers on a magical journey back through time from a snowy 1800's train depot to the corner cafe to a seaside lighthouse providing safe passage to the harbor.  "We" have been to a country carnival, and home for the holidays.

For Barnes his career has been a journey which he continues to take.  Of his work, he says: “It has to come from the heart, to reach the heart”.

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