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Artists: Patterson & Barnes

Gary Patterson and Marion Barnes met in the late 1980s while studying under Alabama artist Bill Yeager. During this time they painted separately and critiqued one another's work. They first collaborated in 1990 and soon began developing a series of paintings based on jazz and blues musicians. This series was born from their mutual interest in these rich and original American art forms and the emotional power they expressed.

Their popularity spread to private and corporate collectors. They have created commissioned paintings for the Country Music Association headquarters, the "House of Blues" blues clubs and "B.B. King's Blues Clubs." The McIlhenny Company, makers of Tabasco brand pepper sauce, commissioned Patterson and Barnes to create a painting for the cover of their Tabasco Cookbook.

Their evocative paintings incorporate the use of many media, including acrylic, watercolor, India ink and collage. The expressiveness of many of their paintings is heightened by the use of a purposeful exaggeration and abstraction. These musicians themselves lend themselves to this technique. What makes the paintings even more unique is that each is a collaborative effort between the two artists. They feel that every individual work is enriched by the infusion of their personal creativity, interests, and past experience.

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