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Artist Advisor Spotlight: Tom Barnes – The Southern Gentleman

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Tom Barnes Watercolor Long Neck Ladies La Quinta Arts Festival Advisor

Who on La Quinta Arts Festival’s esteemed panel of Artist Advisors holds a most elite entry on his resume? Hands down the answer is Tom Barnes, who in December 2011 was invited to exhibit his watercolor painting, “Clarisse” at the Louvre, Paris. Yes, the Louvre!

 

Tom Barnes grew up during the early fifties in South Georgia where he spent two weeks each summer in Savannah under the loving tutelage of Lila and Bess, two grand dames who years later would become the inspiration for Barnes’ signature “long neck ladies” series of watercolor paintings.
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Tom Barnes Watercolor Long Neck Ladies La Quinta Arts Festival Advisor Tom Barnes Watercolor Long Neck Ladies La Quinta Arts Festival Advisor Tom Barnes Watercolor Long Neck Ladies La Quinta Arts Festival Advisor

Graduating from the University of Georgia in 1972 with degrees in Experimental Psychology and Philosophy and Religion, Tom moved with his ballet teacher wife to Columbia, South Carolina, and then to Virginia Beach where Tom served as a marketing executive for 13 years. Here they continued their work with children in dance theatre, producing twelve original ballets and theatre pieces.

So where does one go after he’s been to the Louvre? La Quinta Arts Festival!

Artist applications for 2013 are now being accepted through Zapplication, here.

In 1990, Tom retired from the corporate business world and began to paint. Completely self-taught, he works primarily in watercolors. His florals almost always are abstracted forms with the same intense color rendering of his figures. Read more about Tom and view his paintings on our LQAF Onllne Gallery.

Purchase tickets for La Quinta Arts Festival,
March 7-10, 2013, here.