Autumn Marsh – Al Barker
Autumn Marsh, Oil, Image Size: 6″ x 12″ Framed Size: 9 1/2″ x 15 1/2″
The autumnal colors were accented by the still water of the marsh. This quiet, secluded area on the Eastern Shore has a perfect environment for waterfowl habitats.
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Al Barker is a native of New Jersey and full-time professional artist for over 45 years. Nature and the outdoors is the focus of the artwork. He has been a continuous exhibitor at the prestigious Easton Waterfowl Festival from its inception in 1970, and while he is a studio painter every day, he is a participant in important Plein Air events and invitational competitions in the Eastern United States. His specialty is smaller-scaled marine and landscape paintings in oil and watercolor, and is also an accomplished Etcher with many small-image editions. Holder of advanced degrees in Forestry, Al became a Forestry-educator for a time before becoming a professional artist. Without formal art training he began drawing and painting wildlife scenes to assist his teaching curricula and is influenced by the works of Milton Weiler and Don Stone, A.N.E. Al is currently a member of the Salmagundi Club, Whiskey Painters of America and the Artists' Fellowship of New York City. He is also listed in "Who's Who in American Art."
Al is one of a few artists that have exhibited continuously since the inceptions in 1970 at the Eastern Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland. Al has won over 50 major awards in premier art competitions, and, principle exhibitions include The Grand National American Artists Professional League, New York; Greenwich Workshop Galleries in Connecticut and California; Settlers West Gallery, Arizona; Gallery One, Ohio; and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, and The Mystic Maritime Museum and Lyme Academy of the Arts, Connecticut Mr. Barker's works can be seen in almost every National Miniature Exhibition in the continental United Sates. Artworks in Oil, Watercolor and Etching formats are installed permanently in private, public and museum collections including the Smithsonian and The White House collections.