ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Portrait artist, Camille Barnes is mostly self-taught, but she has also learned from some of today’s finest portrait artists. Some of which includes studying at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts under well-known artist Auseklis Ozols and attending workshops by The Portrait Society of America led by well-known artist Daniel Greene, Michael Shane Neal, and David Kassan. As a realist her paintings capture the essence of the subject matter, using color, light, and attention to details to make her subjects come alive. Some of her favorite historical artists include William Adolphe Bouguereau, Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, and John Waterhouse. Each is unique, having inspired perfection in different areas as demonstrated in her work. Much of her life has been a career of being a freelance artist, an illustrator, and a graphic designer. Throughout her career, she has illustrated over 15 books. The State Library of Louisiana chose her more recently illustrated book, Goodnight Acadiana, as the sole book to represent the state of Louisiana for the 2012 National Book Festival, held by the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Her main focus in recent years has been specializing in fine art portrait painting and decorative art. She has won state and national competitions such as the Louisiana 38th Annual River Art Exhibit in 2006 and in 2013 a winner in the still life division for the national competition for members of the Portrait Society of America.
Over the years Camille has supported numerous charities with donations of her time and artwork, such as The Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, Our lady of the Lake hospital and Grace House, which helps many people in her area with treatment for addictions.
She has painted for Louisiana Department of Military, Governor Jindal’s family, heads of corporations, religious institutions, and hospitals. Her most recent project (2016) involved creating 20 decorative works of art for the Ace Hotel, New Orleans.
Camille loves spending time with her husband and three grown children (all of whom are very creative). Her hobbies are traveling, photography, reading, volunteer work, and spending time in nature.
Her artistic goals are to excel by communicating expression and beauty with paint on canvas. She says “I am unconditionally committed to developing whatever talents I have so that I can create art that reflects high standards and thus sharing the qualities of beauty with others. I can relate to Bouguereau when he said “My work is not only a pleasure, it has become a necessity. No matter how many other things I have in my life.”
“The first time that someone gave me some money, I was three years old; I looked up at my Mom and said, “Now I need to go buy some art supplies.” Ever since this young age, I have been developing as an artist and exploring the possibilities of fine art. Although I have many talents as an artist painting has been my main focus. It is always exciting to experience the transformation of a blank canvas to a simple drawing and then to a painting full of life, color, and movement.
When I was a young girl I was extremely interested in art. I would spend countless hours at our family’s antique gallery studying the fine art, carved wood, marble, old paintings, etchings, and portraits. I was intrigued with the workmanship of people from so long ago. I was also in awe of the charm of the city, it’s beauty was so inspirational.
I remember staying up all hours of the night practicing drawing. Art was an escape from some of the challenges I found to be difficult in real life. Art’s impact on my life changed as I grew older, I constantly found myself setting newer and higher goals. Through this glorious spiral upward, I realized the more I learn, the more I want to learn, grow, and discover. Art has helped in developing my character in many ways, with it I have learned to be patient, to be tenacious, and to be satisfied with obtaining goals I never thought I could reach. I have been blessed with a special gift and it’s incredibly satisfying to know that I can use my talent to bring joy into the lives of others.”
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