Al Barnes

1937 – 2015

Al Barnes


Cuero, Texas


Landscape and coastal marsh painting, swimming fish, waterfowl, murals

Barnes was born in Cuero, Texas in 1937. His artistic course was set when he moved to Port Isabel when he was an elementary school student. He became enchanted with nautical life when a local ferry captain allowed him to freely ride and steer the vessel back and forth between South Padre Island and the mainland. He sold his first painting in the sixth grade, using watercraft and coastal waters as inspiration in early works.