A New Englander by birth, I've been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years and now call the beautiful Napa Valley my home. The landscape and the vibrant, creative people here have provided many opportunities to develop and grow my interest in art and oil painting. I love to study the lives of artists and learn about their inspirations, influences and life directions.
I have been juried into many group shows, most recently San Francisco Arts Commission (SOMARTS) main gallery, Napa Historical Society's shows in 2010 and 2011, and Napa Valley Museum in Yountville.
In 2012, I participated in both the NV Museum's miniature show and the Calistoga Art Association plein air event where I received an Honorable Mention. I have also been published in the American Art Collectors catalog.
I have completed many workshops and seminars in California as well as other locations - notably, Monhegan Island Maine, Scottsdale Art Association Arizona, the International School of Art in Perugia Italy. In June 2013, I participated in an alla prima figure workshop in Jackson Hole, WY, taught by Carolyn Anderson.
I have b een fortunate to study and work with internationally known artists such as Don Hatfield, Randy Sexton, Jacqueline Kamin, Joseph Lorusso, Armand Cabrera, Alan Feltis, Lani Irwin and Terry Miura. Ed Furuike of Kaneohe Hawaii has also become a dear friend and has introduced me to a more colorful palette.
I seek out the best painting spots wherever I go - where the light, color and shadow speak to me. My favorite spots have become Calilfornia, New England and Hawaii, all with different landscapes and different energy and spirit. I also much enjoy painting the figure from models and interesting photographs, especially flamenco dancers whose intensity is compelling.
Alan Baribeault joined Fine Art America on January 22nd, 2014.