Oil Portrait Painting Artist, Paul Anthony Barker
I was born and grew up in Lymm, Cheshire. Although I always had an interest in art, it didn’t come until later in life when my wife went to an art store and purchased some paints, a canvas and some brushes and asked me to give art a try. It wasn’t long before I started to sell paintings and quickly gained a reputation as a good portrait artist. I now have a busy life, mainly between London and South Wales (although I travel widely to meet clients), painting portrait commissions. Two of my paintings of the poet Dylan Thomas are on display in the Boathouse in Laugharne, where the famous welsh poet used to live.
I have painted the portraits of the journalist and author Alastair Campbell, best known for his work as Director of Communications and Strategy for Tony Blair’s government (1997–2003), the hit song writer Mitch Murray, Man United Legend Sammy McIlroy and commissioned by television writer Paul Roundell, amongst others. My wife is the poet BB Golding.