Origins - John Barnard

My earliest memory of painting was in second grade with Ms. Young, the art teacher who taught my class once a week.  Isn’t it amazing that at 92 I can still remember her name?  I was not particularly interested in school until she came to our class, displayed a picture of an Indian Head, asked us to paint it, held my picture up and provided positive comments.  That was when I decided school wasn’t too bad and I liked art.

But what really impacted my becoming an artist was an experience I had as a freshman in high school.  After completing an English exam, I proceeded to “doodle” in the margins of the test while I waited for the rest of the class to complete their exams; I am guessing I finished early because I did not know or care about the information.  The next day when the English teacher was returning the tests she called me up to her desk.  I was sure I was going to be in trouble for drawing on the test paper.  However I had a very wise English teacher – she had shared my test with the art teacher.  I was informed that the art teacher was waiting in the hallway to talk to me.  Ruth Burdick, the art teacher, said she had signed me up for her art class!  She proceeded to inform me that her class was out in the “boonies” therefor none of my friends would need to know I was taking art.  (During my high school years it was not cool for young men to take art.)  Ms. Burdick introduced me to a wealth of information regarding art and opened my eyes to a world I was not previously familiar with. She took a small group of us to the Los Angeles Art Museum and other museums that I would never have been exposed to or visited if it had not been for her.  After high school I studied at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, served in World War II and attended the University of Georgia because of the fine art department.  There I was influenced by Lamar Dodd. I have painted my entire life though I worked in the electrical industry to support my painting and family until I retired from that profession and moved to Atascadero to paint full time. And I continue to paint passionately at the age of 93! 

I hope you will come by catalog location 171 in Atascadero the weekend of Oct 8-9.  

Awesome sunset-water color west show 2016
Piedras Blancas TX watercolor 2016
workshop drawing 1938
workshop drawing 1938
workshop drawing 1938
Awesome sunset-water color west show 2016
Awesome sunset-water color west show 2016
Piedras Blancas TX watercolor 2016
Piedras Blancas TX watercolor 2016
workshop drawing 1938
workshop drawing 1938
workshop drawing 1938
workshop drawing 1938
workshop drawing 1938
workshop drawing 1938