About Bev Barnard
I live near Boston (USA) but am originally from England. I started drawing and painting at an early age and am totally self-taught, which I believe allowed me to develop my own style and techniques. While studying the History of Design at the Brighton College of Art I started painting marine subjects, driven by my love of sailing, sailboat racing, and the romance of the oceans. My first three paintings sold in an open-air art exhibition on Brighton seafront. Within a year I opened my gallery on Marine Parade and formed the Society of South Coast Marine Artists. During the next couple of years, I sold many paintings and also had 2 cartoon books (Rogue Waves and Straight From The Horses Mouth) published. I also designed a set of stamps for the island of Nauru to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the LLoyds List, a registry of commercial shipping. Royalties from my books allowed me to spend a couple of years sailing in the Caribbean and East Coast of the USA before settling here 1989.