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Art & Life with Will Barton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Will Barton.

Will, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
You may want to refer to my website for this detail:

SDSU Business degree
20-year Mortgage Banking/Broker
30-year Real estate investor/ 1920’s property restoration specialist
17-year professional artist specializing in retro surf and jazz art featuring rustic re-claimed wood frames

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Again I ask you to refer to my website for this detail;

I specialize in acrylic paintings on wood created on reclaimed materials. my current work is based on the golden era of surfing 1950’s-1960’s. retro images of surfing legends. my frames are made of carefully selected reclaimed wood generally gathered from old homes, etc. these materials tell a story from the texture and color and patina. My inspiration for that idea came from my extensive travels in Baja, surfing. I was doing this before the whole shabby chic look became a trend. hopefully it is not a trend as it is green and re-using materials is not only beautiful but important for the environment. prior to that I was painting a lot of retro jazz musicians from the 1950-1960’s era. these works were heavily influenced by the Blue Note records album cover design of Reid Miles

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
Obtaining good representation in San Diego. expanding outside of San Diego. That is: obtaining representation
outside of the San Diego art scene area.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Emerald C gallery Coronado
Art and Soul gallery Encinitas
Alexander Salazar Gallery Downtown San Diego
Accelerate It La Jolla
Lexus dealership showroom. Escondido(valley Parkway)
Progression Surf shop Leucadia
Belching Beaver brewery Ocean beach
KO Underground brewery downtown San Diego
Dizzy’s Jazz venue Bay Park

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
the following works were influenced and my interpretations of the following images:

leroy grannis palos verdes cove
skip frye PB point
Doc Ball hawaii 1950’s
lightning Hopkins

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