A selection of works in pencil, ink, watercolor and so forth.
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. In 2016, he published a graphix novel “Pilgrim.” The (very) semi-autobiographical graphix novel came about through a practice of daily sketching. “Pilgrim” is available at Lulu.com and Amazon.com.
Artist’s Statement, 2017:
A painting exists on several levels simultaneously. This is an alchemical transformation, a trans-substantiation.
My artmaking is a blend of traditional and digital methods and media. My recent paintings are the summation of a creation process that can involve many steps. Sometimes I begin directly on the canvas, at other times I work with photographs, drawings, watercolors or other preexisting imagery that in one way or another has prompted some kind of response or connection in me as preparation of the next step of creating the object painting. My process then can include digital creation or altering of my photographs or drawings, the use of chance and synchronicity, or direct painting. My process includes the necessary steps to coalesce the pieces into a harmonious whole. I think of the final work as a “meaningful object”.
“Some day, if we’re lucky (or simply humble), we will realize our true nature (even if we do not understand it), and having found the pearl, we can then tie our shoelaces, comb our hair, and get to work. Don’t worry, it will all happen as it will, and anyway Damascus will always be there for you.”
– From “Pilgrim” graphic novel.
April 24, 2017