Barry was born in Liverpool in 1960, where he spent most of his childhood, with the rest of his friends, dreaming of escaping somewhere exotic on one of the many ships that used to be along the dockside, Reflecting on these early days, Barry recalls “the day dreaming is what leads me to continuously paint and draw”.
After leaving University, with a degree in 3 dimensional design, Barry started work as a furniture designer in Tring, Hertfordshire, moving on to becoming an interior designer, before starting his own company designing and making office furniture. “I was fortunate enough to acquire a patent on one of my product designs which then led me in lots of directions visiting many countries around the world.”
As exciting as all that was, it was painting that always brought Barry back down to earth and, whenever possible, he would steal time away to keep the passion going.
Over the past 30 years, Barry has painted a wide range of subjects from landscapes to African wildlife, selling his work through exhibitions and individual commissions.
“Although I have sold many paintings since my early teens, my art work was always second to the need to work for a living”……but now I have taken the decision to push it to the front and see where this ship takes me.