My amazing artist father, Philip Barlow, was a winner in The Artist Magazine's Annual Over 60 Competition (March 2015 issue) -- with his painting "Pooh's Favorite Tales." In the interview, he shares some wisdom for other artists -- but it is applicable for anyone trying to live a vibrant, engaged, rich life:
"Always paint what excites YOU. Don't be content with a certain style. Be sure you keep striving to evolve and change. It is important to have respect for your talent and hard work -- treat your painting as a business and always strive to be professional in your dealings with galleries and collectors.
Art has been my life. I have never been far from the magic of creation. I paint almost every day and am working on paintings for a show at one of my galleries in April. I am always searching for a new direction in creativity and that's what keeps all of us wanting to move on."
“One of my earliest memories of art is watching my father, Philip Barlow, at the end of a long day, sitting and pondering a new painting he brought home from his studio. Did it “say” what his mind’s eye wanted it to say?
I took some creative detours – acting and writing – before finding my voice as an artist. I studied with amazing teachers and mentors in San Francisco, at UC Berkeley and the Art Students League of New York, but I have been influenced most by the work, words, wisdom – and the powerful “mind’s eye” of my father.