Nationally acclaimed American artist John M. Barber has painted the Chesapeake Bay and the eastern seaboard for nearly three decades. A meticulous chronicler of its watermen, vessels, and lifestyles, Barber is one of the few maritime artists who doesn’t just paint scenes, but the stories behind them — always invoking the magic of light to provide texture to his subjects and the  Chesapeake’s vanishing way of life.

Calling Barber the “premier chronicler of Chesapeake Bay life,” J. Russell Jinishian, the nation’s leading authority on contemporary marine art, praises the artist’s technical skill and painstaking attention to detail. “Many artists paint skipjacks,” he explaines, “but John’s emotive depth puts him on another level entirely. Should the skipjacks disappear, Barber’s paintings will provide a valuable historical record of the waterman’s era for generations to come.”

Also renowned for his cityscapes and architectural art, Barber splits his time between his own original works and paintings commissioned by customers. To view some of his works, please click the Portfolio link above.