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Barry John Raybould - Premium Artist

Barry John Raybould, MA. is an award-winning artist who works primarily in oils. He seeks to convey the mood and atmosphere of natural landscapes and people using a contemporary fusion of impressionistic and expressionistic elements. A key characteristic of Raybould's work is his integration of color, design and brushwork to convey a strong sense of mood and feeling in his work. He spends much of his time painting in Italy, and is a frequent traveler to China where he travels to remote regions to paint the ethnic minorities.


  • Alpi Apuani by Barry John Raybould, oil on board<br>

    Alpi Apuani
    oil on board

  • Hunan Sunset by Barry John Raybould, oil on linen<br>

    Hunan Sunset
    oil on linen

  • Just Grandma and Me by Barry John Raybould, oil on linen<br>

    Just Grandma and Me
    oil on linen

  • Autumn Vineyard, Deglio by Barry John Raybould, oil on linen<br>9 x 12 inches

    Autumn Vineyard, Deglio
    oil on linen
    9 x 12 inches


Barry is also well known for being the author of the Virtual Art Academy painting course materials. This is comprehensive and structured four year, self-study program on painting that he created to make a high quality academy level art education available to everyone at a far lower cost than attending an art school. Written and designed over a 10 year period, it is the only program of its kind available on the internet. Visit Virtual Art Academy painting lessons for more information. The Virtual Art Academy program has attracted more than 2000 students worldwide since its inception in 2003.

Artist Statement

I travel the world for inspiration, looking not only for interesting patterns and harmonies of colors, shapes, and lines, but also for subjects that move me emotionally in some way. My method of working is to capture the essence of a place using plein air sketches, working outdoors with either a pochade or a full easel and palette, often working quite large. Working directly from nature helps me capture the color relationships and harmonies more accurately. With more complex figurative works, I use a variety of methods. I might do one or more color sketches outdoors, and take photographs to complete the figures and portraits in the studio. Sometimes I return outside to finish the complete painting. Sometimes I do the portraits outdoors directly from the model instead of using photographs. Often I will spend a lot of time in the studio using my photographs to develop my composition. This usually involves creating a large number of compositional and notes and sketches to explore different design options and to carefully plan the design, color harmony and value structure of the painting. Each work, although figurative, is planned from the point of view of an abstract painting. My philosophy on painting is to combine the poetry, emotional and conceptual, aspects of a painting with its music, the underlying abstract design. The goal is not only to create a beautiful piece of artwork, but also to leave an impression, a memory, or some feeling with the viewer long after they have seen the painting.

June '14


  • First Light Over St Marks, Venice, 2008 by Barry John Raybould, oil on linen<br>25.5 x 20 cm

    First Light Over St Marks, Venice, 2008
    oil on linen
    25.5 x 20 cm

  • Rainy Day in Venice by Barry John Raybould, oil on linen<br>10 x 10 inches

    Rainy Day in Venice
    oil on linen
    10 x 10 inches

  • Knysna Lagoon by Barry John Raybould, oil on linen<br>21.5 x 25.5 cm

    Knysna Lagoon
    oil on linen
    21.5 x 25.5 cm

  • Zoucheng Girl by Barry John Raybould, oil on linen<br>16 x 20 inches

    Zoucheng Girl
    oil on linen
    16 x 20 inches



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