Figurative and representational
Abstract and Imaginary; Spontaneous Painting
Watercolors, drawings, and other media
Stephen Michael Barnes has worked in studio painting, drawing, watercolors and a variety of other media during the course of his career. He also has been a web designer, webmaster, and online business strategist for over two decades. He studied studio painting at the University of Arizona, but as to his proficiency in computer graphics, Photoshop, video production and audio creation – that was all self taught. An autodidact by nature, and preference, Stephen delves into whatever technologies or knowledge that will aid in the successful creation of the projects of his imagination. The making of paintings is his preference.
He, along with Abigail Rothberg, operated a visual design studio “LaSilencia ARTS” during the period from 2003-2007. The studio produced a print zine as well, “La Silencia.” This was Stephen’s second zine, following the earlier “Red Dog Journal” produced in the late 1990’s. It was one of the earliest online zines, first published online through a gopher server, then later as a website. The Red Dog Journal was also produced in a printed version.
Stephen has participated in numerous artistic projects, including the annual Phoenix Art Detours, and volunteer teaching at various Arizona community centers. His paintings have also been included in numerous group exhibitions.