Artist John Barber retires

Artist John Barber retires

John Barber

RICHMOND, Va. — After more than 25 years as a full-time artist, John Barber announced that he will be retiring to lead a quieter life, painting originals for himself, working on commissioned art pieces and traveling. His gallery in Richmond, Va., will remain open for an undetermined period of time to support the demand of orders from customers and art dealers, but it will close sometime this spring.

“It is a bittersweet time in my life to dose our Richmond Gallery,” Barber said. “But I certainly look forward to fewer demands on me daily. I am anxious to experience the freedom to travel and paint at a more leisurely pace and to get back to some of those things that I put aside.”

Barber started his career in 1978, when he began painting Chesapeake Bay scenes full time. He has since published more than 110 of his own limited-edition prints and distributed them to 120 dealers nationally, selling approximately 85,000 prints in all.

In his lifetime, Barber has sold more than 500 original paintings. He has completed paintings for both the Reagan and Clinton presidential administrations, and has created commissioned paintings of motor and sailing yachts, such as Wyntje, Walter Cronkite’s 60-foot English-built sailing ketch.

Barber has served as a trustee of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and as a charter member of the American Society of Marine Artists. Through sales of his art, more than half a million dollars has been raised for conservation groups involved in protecting the Chesapeake Bay. Barber’s career included directing a publishing and distributing enterprise and operating a retail gallery since the late ’70s. “Without the demands of directing these three different businesses,” he said, “I should be able to focus more on what I was put on this earth to do, which is simply to paint.”

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