Barry Close
norton, Massachusetts

Barry Close finds inspiration in nature and likes to take a loose approach to his paintings. He especially admires the work of Impressionist painters. When it comes to looking at his works, he encourages viewers to keep an open mind. During his free time he enjoys walking his dog. He currently lives in Massachusetts. Fun fact: when he's not painting, Barry works as a draftsman for an architectural firm.

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Artist and Customer Comments

Barry Close 9/9/2013 | 1:23 PM

Hey Gene, Sure I remember you. Its good to hear from you. Thanks for the comment. Barry

M Secrest 9/7/2013 | 10:12 PM

Chuck, You have great taste! My son LOVES November Freshet! Are you going to buy it?

G Hayward 8/20/2013 | 9:04 PM

Hey Barry...great work!!! Wonder if you remember me?

C Collins 11/23/2012 | 1:10 PM

Barry DON'T sell November Freshet! I fell in love with this one several months ago and am saving up to buy it. Keep painting beautiful things. Chuck Collins

Barry Close 8/10/2011 | 6:03 PM

It's always good to here from people, especially when they like your work. I really apreciate your taking the time to make your comments. Thanks again, Barry

commentsCanoe River #1
rchebium 8/9/2011 | 11:44 PM

All I can say is, Wow. Your body of work is very impressive.

commentsLost Crossing
rchebium 8/9/2011 | 11:26 PM

Barry, you have serious talent, sir. Do I detect Van Gogh's influence in your work? The flowing lines and swirling colors are why I ask. Also the strong use of blues. If my wife and I hadn't just purchased two paintings from a local gallery here near Washington DC we'd be buying this piece. Please keep painting.

Summer Pond

Acrylic painting on canvas board
Signed on front

20" h x 24" w x .25" d
2 lbs. 8 oz.


Artwork Details

Comments About This Piece

This painting was done on jute stretched over masonite board.  I initially applied many coats of gesso to fill the fabric.  I have been working with this rough surface and found it aids in the blending of colors.  It also provides a totally non-reflective surface.

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Canvas board

Canvas board is a thin, flat panel of either particle board or cardboard wrapped in canvas. If not already framed, most canvas board work will require framing.


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