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Over 40 years ago at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh I met great teachers like Fran Ford, Tom Helwig and John Johns. Then I had a career in advertising and the printing industry. For many years I worked for a greeting card company. Today my three kids are grown and on their own. My wife and I are enjoying retirement.

GYOTAKU (fish rubbings) are a specialty of mine. Simply stated, I apply pigment to a real fish. Then paper or cloth is carefully pressed against the fish. When pulled away, a beautiful mirror image appears. I then paint in the eye. If the fish is an edible species, he is cleaned and invited to dinner. Every GYOTAKU is a unique one-of-a-kind original and I continually try to improve my methods. You may learn more about the art of GYOTAKU and see my step by step process at www.gyotakuartist.com.

As a retired roster artist with the Pennsylvania…

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  • Male
  • Born on October 14
  • Joined January 7, 2008

Favorite materials

cloth, handmade paper, Acid free paper, ink, paint, wood, canvas, watercolors, acrylic, oils, pastels, clay

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Over 40 years ago at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh I met great teachers like Fran Ford, Tom Helwig and John Johns. Then I had a career in advertising and the printing industry. For many years I worked for a greeting card company. Today my three kids are grown and on their own. My wife and I are enjoying retirement.

GYOTAKU (fish rubbings) are a specialty of mine. Simply stated, I apply pigment to a real fish. Then paper or cloth is carefully pressed against the fish. When pulled away, a beautiful mirror image appears. I then paint in the eye. If the fish is an edible species, he is cleaned and invited to dinner. Every GYOTAKU is a unique one-of-a-kind original and I continually try to improve my methods. You may learn more about the art of GYOTAKU and see my step by step process at www.gyotakuartist.com.

As a retired roster artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, I enjoyed going into the classroom to teach art and GYOTAKU for many years.

There are over 30,000 species of fish. That's a big number. Fish were on this earth MILLIONS of years BEFORE the first mammals. These are some of the facts that keep me interested. And, when I am out fishing, I never really know what I am going to catch next.

Drawing and painting are part of my everyday life. Both originals and prints of my work are available at this Etsy site. My studio is smoke and pet free. Thank you for visiting and good luck to you!

PS: Here are a few testimonials...

"Hello Barry,
Just wanted to let you know that the fish paintings were a huge hit this afternoon when my family members opened them. I purchased one for my dad and one for each of my uncles and they absolutely loved them. Thank you for the fast shipping and for sending us the extra print. We love it! Thank you for sharing your creativity with the world.
Sincerely,
Rebecca Carter"

"... Very fast delivery. Incredible artwork that truly captured the beauty of the fish. It was even better looking in person and I can't wait to order more."
...dashermccoy

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