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LQAF.com Gallery Spotlight: Tom Barnes

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“It is very true to me that when people buy my art, they buy a little of my playtime. The expressions one observes are tell-tale snippets of my temperament: delight in the earth’s abundant glories, peace with the life process, and excitement over what is yet to come.”–Tom Barnes

A returning exhibitor at La Quinta Arts Festival 2019, Tom Barnes will share his watercolor paintings made in Guyton, Georgia.


To give depth and strength to his artwork, he layers transparent washes in different hues. Also, he uses classic techniques such as lifting overtones to achieve different effects. An established palette of 14 colors helps give thematic resonance to his paintings.

His “long neck ladies” are his signature subjects, featuring stylish hats, pearl necklaces and an air of glamour. Each grande dame showcases an expressive pose and attitude!

His floral paintings almost always are abstracted forms with the same intense color rendering of his figures. Likewise, his landscapes capture the techniques of the Fauvists and are stylized with mountains, hills, plains and lush foliage.

Tom builds rich luscious color with layers upon layers of brilliant transparent watercolor. Plus, the touch of 14K gold gives these decorative art pieces a sparkle that warms the heart. Furthermore, they remind us of an era long gone. 

Preview his art at his LQAF.com Artist Gallery, and view his work in booth #436 at the 37th La Quinta Arts Festival, March 7-10, 2019. For information and tickets, click here.