Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Meet Barry Penton - A Fogo Islander

Barry was born and raised in the fishing village of Fogo, Fogo Island on Newfoundland’s Northeast Coast. At the age of 27, Barry is a newcomer to the growing world of Newfoundland Artists. Prior to taking his artwork seriously, Barry just sketched and done some minor painting with craft Acrylics. In December 2008 , Barry had attempted a painting of a winter-night scene of Outport Newfoundland. Barry had shown his work to Internationally Renown Newfoundland Artist; Ed Roche.

Ed’s comments were “ Not bad, but it’s too flat, we need some dimension to the painting.” With those Comments and Ed Roche’s commitment to ensuring Barry improved on the basics, Barry’s Art Career was Born in February 2009. Barry’s primary medium is Acrylic on Canvas, but is looking to explore the use of watercolor later.

While painting with other students, Barry became known as the master or painting fishing and rowing boats. Several which are featured in paintings. To date Barry has completed several paintings which primarily focus on his native home of Fogo. His work has been selling steadily across the province and country and is available in several galleries in St. John’s. In 2010, Barry along with 30 + artist will be working on a collection of Paintings entitled: Newfoundland and Labrador- Through the Centuries.

Today Barry works as a Recreation Therapist with Eastern Health in St. John’s Newfoundland and resides with his wife Wanda in Mount Pearl, NL

Barry’s work can be viewed and purchased online at:

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