Greg Barnes

Charlotte, North Carolina

“Florida’s forgotten coast is one
of my favorite plein air destinations- the rustic
and raw scenery is
just the best”

Greg received his formal training at Wake Forest University, receiving a BFA in 1985. Under the guidance of many fine instructors he learned painting, printmaking, sculpture, and figure drawing. Following college, Greg entered a career path that included technical illustration, computer graphics, computer-based training, and multimedia programming. Throughout those years, Greg kept his brushes and charcoal close at hand.

After 911, he took a leap of faith pursuing a full-time fine art career. Greg quickly found portrait work due to his ability to capture a likeness. His versatility shines, having mastered charcoal, pastel, and oil. Landscapes are Greg’s love. He enjoys painting on location, and as a result of working quickly, the paintings lean towards impressionism. A mix of realistic and impressionistic elements give his pieces a life of their own, while a free and creative use of color accentuates his style.

Maintaining a studio where he teaches and paints in Charlotte, NC, Greg also travels the country exhibiting at outdoor art festivals and teaching plein air workshops. He participates in several top Plein Air invitationals including Florida’s Forgotten Coast, Telluride, Aspen, and Maui.

PAP-SE (Plein Air Painters of the Southeast)

Plein Air Magazine (feature) - Jan 2019
Pastel Journal (cover art and feature)- Feb 2020

Current Gallery Representation:
Grove Gallery & Frame - Miami FL
Karis Fine Art - Hilton Head, SC
Oh Be Joyful - Crested Butte, CO
The Village Galleries - Maui, HI
City Art Gallery - Greenville, NC

Instagram: @GBarnesStudios


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