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Barry and his "best mate" SargeBarry and his "best mate" SargeBarry Walker was born in Sydney, Australia.  He began his artistic training at the age of ten at the East Sydney College of Art where he studied portraiture.  At seventeen, Barry was selected to take portrait lessons with one of Australia's foremost portrait artists, Joshua Smith.  Barry worked as a professional graphic artist in Canada for over thirty years where he developed a keen sense of composition and colour balance, elements that have become integral to his unique artistic style.

 

While maintaining a passion for portraits over his career, Barry's current artistic output focuses primarily on landscapes and seascapes, drawing inspiration from the BC coast, the Maritime provinces, and his home country of Australia.  Barry has been a member of both the Portrait Society of America and the Portrait Society of Canada, and for 12 years was an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, exhibiting his work at many Federation shows.    

 

His portrait studies include such notable figures as 1991 Olympic World Rowing Champion Silken Laumann and musician Elvis Costello.  Barry has also done commissioned work for Via Rail Canada and the Toronto Real Estate Board.  His paintings have sold to patrons worldwide from fine art galleries in Vancouver, Halifax, the Kootenays, the Sunshine Coast, as well as Cannon Beach in Oregon, USA.  His work shows a depth of artistry and creativity that reflect years of dedication to his craft.  

 

Barry currently resides in Maple Ridge, British Columbia with his wife, Nora and their Jack Russell Terrier, Sarge.  When Barry isn't traveling the country taking photographs for future works of art, he can most likely be found sitting by the bank of the Chilliwack River working on a new painting.  Barry has an enthusiasm for life that is both abundant and contagious.  His love of life is what makes him such a vibrant artist, as his works are always imbued with a sense of exuberance and natural wonder of the world around him.