I am Cliff Barnes. As an artist, I have created original drawings and paintings for almost 40 years. I think that winning awards means my art has met high standards of quality, including composition, mastery of color, value, and design.
In National and International Art Exhibitions, I have won over 40 Gold and Silver medals, First Prizes, and Best of Show Awards. I take pride in my two Gold Medals from the Western American Indian and Cowboy Artists Show, conducted at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, CA
I am an active SIGNATURE member of Watercolor West, the Oil Painters of America, and the American Plains Artists. I am an active “Artist” member of the California Art Club, and they invited me to exhibit my paintings at their California Art Club Old Mill Gallery in San Marino, CA. I have been invited to their prestigious Gold Medal Exhibitions. I am also an active member of the American Impressionists Society.
I love participating in highly competitive art exhibits to develop my ideas and fine-tune my skills. I aim to create one-of-a-kind paintings that depict a special aspect of America. I have learned many skills from my early training at the Art Center College of Design and continually learn from other artists.
Huse Skelly Art Gallery Award for my watercolor painting, Dry Dock, at the Just Summertime Exhibition at the Gallery on Balboa Island, CA
Golden Spur Award for my oil painting, Going to See my Gal by the American Plains Artists at their Signature Exhibition at the Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Gold Medal in Watercolor at the San Dimas Festival of Art (for the 4th consecutive year) and the American Plains Artists Publisher’s Award of Excellence for a full-page “Artist Focus” in Western Art Collector Magazine for their 2020 January edition.
Honored as “Master Watercolorist” by Watercolor West International and also received the Gold Medal in Watercolor at the San Dimas Festival of Art (for the third consecutive year).
Gold Medal in Watercolor at the San Dimas Festival of Art. Received First Prize in Watercolor from the Cowboy Classic Art Show in Phoenix, AZ. The Clyde Heron Award for best depiction of history in Art from the American Plains Artists in NM, and Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (Marquis Who’s Who and Who’s Who in Art).
Awarded the Best of Show Plein Air and Gold Medal in Watercolor at the San Dimas Festival of Art.
The Gold Medal in Landscape at the Wildlife and Landscape Show in San Dimas, CA.
Silver Medal at the National Western Art Exhibit in San Dimas, CA.
The “Lush Expressionism” Award at the Fallbrook Center of Art in Fallbrook, CA, at their Signature Watercolor Exhibit.
The Best Plains People Award and Best of Show Award from the American Plains Artists Exhibit in Midland, Texas. Also received the Animal Award from the Oil Painters of America Show in Evergreen, Colorado, and the Silver Medal for Wildlife at the Wildlife Show in San Dimas, CA.
My artwork has been published in Western Art Collector, Art of the West, and Southwest Art Magazines. It was also published in Contemporary Western Artists book, Preserving the Western Spirit, Who’s Who in American Art, and Who’s Who in America. I was the “Featured Artist” at the May 2016 Wild West Festival at the historic Gilman Ranch and Wagon Museum in Banning, CA. You can search the above listing under “Barnes Events” and “Calendar” to find where my art is being shown.