Magazine article Queen's Quarterly

Barriefield

Magazine article Queen's Quarterly

Barriefield

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I've always approached the making of art as an extension of my own growth and development. When I first attended art college in England (many, many years ago) one of my teachers asked, "What do you have to offer the world of art?" I couldn't think of a thing to say except: "Me." I had no idea where I was going, nor did I have any particular grand vision of what I wanted to accomplish. It seemed that all I had was me. I don't think I even knew me at that time. All I was really aware of was that I was the first male in my family, for many decades, to escape a life in the coal mines.

The art that I have created always reflects me at various points in time--a visual journal, I suppose. It hasn't been consistent in style, form, or technique. I strongly relate to Marc Chagall's remark: "I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment." It's the creation of a piece that excites me. It doesn't matter what medium is used or what the purpose may be. …

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