"Reaching for the Finish"

Custom or Commissioned Works

John often paints requested scenes for individuals and organizations. These commissioned pieces were created expressly for private patrons to be enjoyed and passed down through generations to come. To commission your own original John Barber painting and see details about pricing and scheduling, please click here.

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"The Grand Hotel – Mackinac"

In 2015 a lady from Colorado, Carole Agne, purchased an early print of mine at a Goodwill Store in Colorado Springs. She located me on the Internet and learned that the print had a value far greater than what she paid. Carole became interested in my art, bought more of my prints and eventually an oil painting, “Dawn’s Early Light” directly from me.

We had many conversations during this period and she relayed a fond memory from her youth when she, her mother and sister vacationed at the famous Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island on the upper peninsular of Michigan. Carole asked me to create a painting that would capture that visit and this is the result of the project. “The Grand Hotel – Mackinac” shows the magnificent resort on a bright, breezy summer day while a sailboat race takes place in the Straits of Mackinac between Mackinac Island and Round Island with its famous red and white lighthouse. On the upper deck we can see the lighthouse keeper waving the racers on. The cloth he waves is symbolic of a guest towel from the hotel that Carole still treasures as a memento of her visit.

It has been a great pleasure working with Carole on this project and I hope that she and her family will enjoy these paintings for many years. JMB

To the right you will see the initial pen sketch that was approved by the client. The painting is oil on linen canvas: 8” x 16”. Overall framed size: 14 ¾” x 22 ¾” and was delivered with a hand-lettered, gold gilt nameplate and complimentary House of Troy painting light.


More Custom Paintings

Click on a painting below to see the details of each specific project.
Summer Memories on Jackson Creek Web WP
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AA Sturgeon Creek Memories UF WEB
Lakeview Farm WEB
Merluza Going Home UF
A Skipjacks Point No Point UF Final
Chesapeake Dawn Unframed w
Skipjack Kathryn off Sandy Point WEB
Amazing Grace Unframed
Before the Storm
Island Memories W
Gathering at Grog Island
Afternoon on Colony Lake UF
Eagle Web
Calm Afternoon in Capri copy copy
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"Reaching for the Finish"
"Wyntje Returning Home" shows Cronkite's yacht entering Edgartown Harbor, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
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