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Dan A Barker - Fine Artist

Dan A Barker

Medford, OR - United States

 
 
 

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Dan A Barker

Medford, OR - United States

Dan A Barker - Fine Artist

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About Dan A Barker

Dan Barker, initiator of American Tanka (poetry banners) and founder of the Home Gardening Project, is a poet, artist, and novelist. He began writing poetry while in the South China Sea on a troop ship departing DaNang at the end of 1965. The following years took him to readings in coffee houses, colleges, radio stations, teach-ins and antiwar rallies. He was published in many West Coast literary magazines.
Retreating the San Francisco State University riots in ‘70, he began publishing mystic lyric verse and short stories in other literary magazines, including Northwest Quarterly, Berkeley Barb, Portland Today, Wind Horse Review, & Antioch Review among many others. His Vietnam novel, Warrior of the Heart, was published by Burning Cities Press in ‘91, and re-issued in ’09 as The Snake That Became A Tiger, Regular
White Guys, Queen Jane, Poems and Essays, Building Free Vegetable Gardens for People in Need were published in ‘09.
In the 80’s, finding readings and print inadequate to the presentation of the radiance of mystic thought, he began creating American Tanka (poetry banners). The form is loosely based on Tibetan Thangha. Using silks, satins, metallic threads (Upavita – the thread that connects all souls), semiprecious stones and pearls to frame the thought-essence of the great mystics, often presented on handmade paper or in gold-leaf, the artist extends joy to the world.
Dan Barker is currently publishing, making and showing American Tanka, and is the director of the Home Gardening Project Foundation. After building 1400 free raised-bed vegetable gardens for low-income households in Portland’s disenfranchised neighborhoods from the ‘80s through the 90s he established the HGP as a contributing foundation. Thousands upon thousands of free vegetable gardens have been built on the HGP model.
Notice of his work has appeared in National Geographic, Utne Reader, Smithsonian Magazine, The Congressional Record, Der Plunkt, The Sun, Organic Gardening Magazine, Rain, Catholic Digest, Reader’s Digest, Biography, Who’s Who, Australia Broadcasting Company, NPR, KATU, KPTV, ABC TV’s Home Show and Good Morning America, Chicken Soup for the Gardeners Soul, among a host of others, and has been given Renew America’s 8th annual National Environmental Sustainability Award, along with a grant from the Rodale Institute (4/’98). He was selected as one of Utne Reader’s 100 American Visionaries in ‘95; The World’s Greatest Ideas, New Society Publishers, British Columbia. He currently lives with his wife, Cynthia Cheney, on five acres of madrone woodland near the Upper Applegate River.

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Pink lotus by Dan A  Barker
 

Pink lotus by Dan A Barker

Rta Avi Tam by Dan A  Barker
 

Rta Avi Tam by Dan A Barker

A.T. Tri-strands by Dan A  Barker
 

A.T. Tri-strands by Dan A Barker

Zen Kit and Kaboodle by Dan A  Barker
 

Zen Kit and Kaboodle by Dan A Barker

Detail  Zen Kit and Kaboodle by Dan A  Barker
 

Detail Zen Kit and Kaboodle by Dan A Barker

AT Vastness by Dan A  Barker
 

AT Vastness by Dan A Barker

Detail Vastness AT by Dan A  Barker
 

Detail Vastness AT by Dan A Barker

Peony in Ring of Waterfall Petals by Dan A  Barker
 

Peony in Ring of Waterfall Petals by Dan A Barker

Detail Waterfall Peony Ring by Dan A  Barker
 

Detail Waterfall Peony Ring by Dan A Barker

Bodhisattvas Flower AT One Hundred by Dan A  Barker
 

Bodhisattvas Flower AT One Hundred by Dan A Barker

Poem field AT One Hundred detail by Dan A  Barker
 

Poem field AT One Hundred detail by Dan A Barker

This Spring by Dan A  Barker
 

This Spring by Dan A Barker

Whitman's Reach by Dan A  Barker
 

Whitman's Reach by Dan A Barker

Whitman's Reach detail by Dan A  Barker
 

Whitman's Reach detail by Dan A Barker

Hue Years Later by Dan A  Barker
 

Hue Years Later by Dan A Barker

Hue detail by Dan A  Barker
 

Hue detail by Dan A Barker

Post NineEleven by Dan A  Barker
 

Post NineEleven by Dan A Barker

Post NineEleven detail by Dan A  Barker
 

Post NineEleven detail by Dan A Barker

Staring into Hubble by Dan A  Barker
 

Staring into Hubble by Dan A Barker

Hubble AT detail by Dan A  Barker
 

Hubble AT detail by Dan A Barker

AT Creativity by Dan A  Barker
 

AT Creativity by Dan A Barker

AT Lotus by Dan A  Barker
 

AT Lotus by Dan A Barker

Center detail AT Lotus by Dan A  Barker
 

Center detail AT Lotus by Dan A Barker

American Tanka Peony on Tantric Om by Dan A  Barker
 

American Tanka Peony on Tantric Om by Dan A Barker

Soaring Dorjis by Dan A  Barker
 

Soaring Dorjis by Dan A Barker

Cynthia's Banner by Dan A  Barker
 

Cynthia's Banner by Dan A Barker

Center detail Cynthia's banner by Dan A  Barker
 

Center detail Cynthia's banner by Dan A Barker

Whitman Declaration by Dan A  Barker
 

Whitman Declaration by Dan A Barker

Detail of Pi center  Whitman's Declaration by Dan A  Barker
 

Detail of Pi center Whitman's Declaration by Dan A Barker

Sphere series No. Nine by Dan A  Barker
 

Sphere series No. Nine by Dan A Barker

Infinity of Form by Dan A  Barker
 

Infinity of Form by Dan A Barker

Auribindo Day by Dan A  Barker
 

Auribindo Day by Dan A Barker

Girl's Smile by Dan A  Barker
 

Girl's Smile by Dan A Barker

Showbook Cover by Dan A  Barker
 

Showbook Cover by Dan A Barker

AT past elaborate no. 1 by Dan A  Barker
 

AT past elaborate no. 1 by Dan A Barker

Mobius Seed by Dan A  Barker
 

Mobius Seed by Dan A Barker

Again the Beginning  by Dan A  Barker
 

Again the Beginning by Dan A Barker

Erythronium hendersonii by Dan A  Barker
 

Erythronium hendersonii by Dan A Barker

Bog orchid Red paintbrush on Mt A by Dan A  Barker
 

Bog orchid Red paintbrush on Mt A by Dan A Barker

Morning Glory by Dan A  Barker
 

Morning Glory by Dan A Barker

Patience by Dan A  Barker
 

Patience by Dan A Barker

Calypso orchids Star Gulch Rd by Dan A  Barker
 

Calypso orchids Star Gulch Rd by Dan A Barker

Calypso orchids Star Gulch Rd by Dan A  Barker
 

Calypso orchids Star Gulch Rd by Dan A Barker

Calypso orchid Star Gulch Rd         h Rd. by Dan A  Barker
 

Calypso orchid Star Gulch Rd h Rd. by Dan A Barker

Siskiyou Iris by Dan A  Barker
 

Siskiyou Iris by Dan A Barker

Tiger Lily  by Dan A  Barker
 

Tiger Lily by Dan A Barker

Rosy Siskiyou sedum on basalt rockface by Dan A  Barker
 

Rosy Siskiyou sedum on basalt rockface by Dan A Barker

Siskiyou Sedums by Dan A  Barker
 

Siskiyou Sedums by Dan A Barker

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