If I’ve answered my call as an artist, I’ve provided a ride for the viewer’s imaginativity.
WHEN I WAS IN MY TWENTIES people interested in my art would ask me what my work was about. On a good day I could articulate that I was trying to make my paintings look like the landscapes or still life scenes I chose to render. This was because I was still struggling with technique at such a fundamental level that I found it difficult to think about what I wanted to say with my work.
In the ensuing years I had to go down a lot of rabbit holes that led nowhere in terms of figuring out what I wanted my work to be about. But ever so slowly, as I didn’t have to battle technique so much, I found I was able to take better aim at the images I chose to portray.
If someone is so inclined to ask me now as a mature artist, I can say that I have a strong desire to make paintings that will help people feel the way I do about the subject. Whether I’m painting toys or candy or historically-based ideas, it would please me to no end if the occasional viewer would stop and meet the subject with a sense of wonder, joy, or mystery. Because I find the world to be a place infused with glory and mystery. If I have pointed to those things then I feel like the work has done its job.
I became acquainted with Michael Barfield during the course of a profile piece he was writing on me for an alumni publication. As I grew to know him, it became readily obvious that Michael is a true multifaceted talent with keen insight and a drive to achieve and maintain the highest levels of aesthetic integrity. — Michael Murphy: Communications Director, Battlemedia Labs
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What my dream studio would look like.
Themes include cartoons on art and life, stage-by-stage progress of paintings, painting techniques, a dash of art history, glimpses of music, and lots of other items that walk through life on planet earth.
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10 Things I Wish I’d Been Clever Enough to Say
The painter. . . does not fit the paints to the world. He most certainly does not fit the world to himself. He fits himself to the paint. The self is the servant who bears the paintbox and its inherited contents. –Annie Dillard
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. – Winston Churchill
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. – G.K. Chesterton
Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. – Louis L’Amour
Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling. – Madeleine L’Engle
To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness. – Flannery O’Connor
You can get all A’s and still flunk life. – Walker Percy
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. . . It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. – C.S. Lewis
I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out my nose. – Woody Allen
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass themselves by without ever wondering. – Augustine.