Jesse Barnes Biography Continued:
Jesse Barnes, also known as “The Light Painter®”, was born in Jefferson City Missouri in 1936. His father, a basketmaker by trade, and the simple but comfortable life they led in the Ozark hills have always been an inspiration for Jesse's art. His paintings are rich with the Midwest heritage of his childhood.
Even at a very young age Jesse was fostering a talent that would someday lead to his induction into the USArt Hall of Fame. Perhaps recognizing the exceptional skill of such a young boy and the potential he had; Jesse's Elementary School Principal bought his first Original Oil. This monumental sale took place when Jesse was only ten.
Jesse is a self-taught artist whose professional career has now spanned over four decades. He specializes in Early American Nostalgia, and landscapes with his trademark being lighting effects. Throughout the past years Jesse has created works for such organizations as Ducks Unlimited, Hallmark Cards, American Field magazine, and The Bradford Exchange. In 1999 Jesse was honored to create a Limited Edition Collectors Print for the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee. This piece was commissioned by Fine Art Ltd. of St. Louis and proceeds went to benefit the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
To date, Jesse has published over 50 Limited Edition Collectors Prints. His first edition entitled “Night Before Christmas” was released in 1983. Since that time he has taken us on a magical journey back through time from a snowy 1800's train depot to the corner cafe to a seaside lighthouse providing safe passage to the harbor. We've been to a country carnival, and home for the holidays.
Jesse publishes three to four Limited Edition Lithographs and Canvases per year. Each prints and canvas is personally hand sorted and hand signed and numbered by Jesse. Being a family-run self-published artist enables Jesse to bring the highest standards and quality to each piece he releases.