The main source for inspiration may be the Caribbean for the majority of Al Barnes’ paintings, but he is equally at home in the coastal marshes of South Texas. Water is the binding factor in all of his paintings, whether it’s Bonefish tailing on the flats or Pintails lifting off a tidal marsh.
Al Barnes has had numerous one-man and group exhibitions to his credit and is hung extensively in private and corporate collections around the world, including the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and The American Museum of Fly Fishing.
He has been National Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Artist of the Year; two-time Texas State Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year and Coastal Conservation Association Stamp Artist; three times Texas Saltwater Stamp Artist; National Ducks Unlimited Stamp Artist; and two-time International Game Fish Association Featured Artist.
Al’s work has been accepted in a number of shows including; the Birds in Art Show in Wausau, WI; The International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport; the SW Pastel Society; and the SW Watercolor Society shows to name a few. His work has also been featured in numerous magazines, including Sporting Classic, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Southwest Artist, Florida Sportsman, Marlin Magazine and Artist Magazine.