Barrie Leigh was born and raised in Cumberland at the heart of the English Lake District. Views of mountains like Great Gable, Scafell, Seatallan, Helvellyn, and their nearby rivers and lakes, created his love of landscapes and nature. The colors and patterns of the mountain scenery changing their moods as seasons go by.
Barrie lived only a couple of miles from the tallest mountain, by the deepest lake, with the smallest school, and the smallest church in England. The colorful flower beds in nearby gardens, and the distant fiery mountainsides of bracken, instilled his love of vibrant color combinations.
Like many artists in America, Barrie started painting later in life. Like so many others, he has learned from the techniques and experience of excellent art teachers and coaches.
His preferences lean towards the natural world around us. That scenery and its elements provide combinations of colors and textures that influence his paintings. The media he uses are known for their ability to give intense colors, as well as soft subtleties, when needed.
Who makes a painter successful? Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, Sargent, Degas, Turner all have something in common. Shockingly, to our modern sense of “education,” none of them have an art degree. You, the viewer of art, determine the value of any painter. When the subject, the style, or the message in a painting brings out a strong feeling or memory, you may want it for yourself. So, contact Barrie if you like his paintings.
As you look through these paintings, realize that each one has a message or a theme. Each painting has a focal point, or sometimes two, with natural curves and shapes that invite your eye into the scene. You travel with the artist on a short journey through color, shape and texture.
In person, you can see Barrie's paintings live, and on display, at the Artists’ Emporium in Havre de Grace.