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Art & Life with Langford Barksdale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Langford Barksdale.

Langford, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have been creative since early childhood. At age three, while my dad was napping, I climbed up on the washer and grabbed my mom’s oil paint box. I painted the entire living room from drapes, walls to rugs. My mom as an Interior Designer had a grand excuse to redo the Living Room.

I had wonderful art teachers throughout my childhood. Rosemary Paschall from South Africa encouraged me to express my deep well of imagination on large 7’x 6′ canvases in the hallway of my high school. She handed me a canvas, paints and a staple gun and told me to go to work. Rosie is a wonderful artist that designed for Liberty of London and was a great inspiration to many students at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville.

To prepare my college portfolio, I studied at RISD and had recruits from Cooper Union calling me after portfolio review at the Memphis College of Art. My parents did not like the thought of me in NYC and I was accepted early decision at the University of Georgia where I painted under Jim Herbert, who filmed “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” by REM and a load of great visionary work.

In the summer of 1995, I painted abroad in Cortona, Italy and fell in love with Europe and headed to Switzerland after receiving my BFA in Painting to study art and theology at L’Abri International founded by Edith and Francis Schaeffer. At the turn of the century, The Nashville Public Library commissioned me to create a poster design for the new Downtown Library that opened in 2001 and was designed by Robert A.M. Stern.

I spent two residencies at the Mendocino Art Center in 2003-4, 2006. For twelve years, I created work and lived in Aspen, Colorado where I led children’s workshops at the Aspen Art Museum and directed the Children’s Program at the Anderson Ranch in 2010. I displayed work at Bonnie Young at the base of Ajax and the Red Brick Center for the Arts as well as other community exhibits.

Currently, my passion for art and nature has led me to the Pacific Northwest where I exhibit in a variety of settings and am a member of Tumalo Art Company in Bend’s Old Mill District. My work can be found through SaatchiArt, One Kings Lane, Serena & Lily, The Nashville Artist Collective, Bozzuto Greene Art Baltimore, The Collective Dallas and Ginger Monroe Interiors in Southern Pines, NC. This year has been full of commissions for Interior Designers from Winnetka, Duxbury, New Haven, Nashville, Atlanta and Pinehurst which I have enjoyed thoroughly.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My work has evolved into contemporary oil on canvas using color, texture, and shapes inspired by nature and the instinct to create order out of darkness and chaos. I work mainly with a palette knife and love to apply M Graham Oregon made paints when possible as they are brilliant and I have learned to apply walnut oils and non-toxic mediums that are from nature and are not hazardous to the environment.

Being creative with life and purpose amongst the real world and spiritual realms can be impossible. Color has always been enlightening and refreshing. Playfulness is key as I have held the color playground theme for over four years. Being able to breathe and play is essential. To enter the kingdom of God, you must enter as a child. Mark 10:15

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Always believe and keep making the work. Finding art workshops that are in alignment with your artistic goals creates a great platform for developing skills and increasing sales. I always sell pieces from workshops because they reflect a vibrancy that is different from studio work. Creating and selling art is like fishing, keep your bait fresh and lines in a bunch of ponds, rivers, oceans, streams,+ lakes.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I currently have an exhibit, “Nectar of Nature” on display at the Sunriver Library in Oregon that runs through October 27, 2018. My work is available online at, The Nashville Artist Collective, Tumalo Art Company, Serena + Lily, One Kings Lane, SaatchiArt, Bozzuto Greene Art, Ginger Monroe Interiors of Southern Pines, NC, Courtney Peters Interiors of Jackson, MS and The Collective Dallas. Ameris Bank on Peachtree in Atlanta has a purchased a collection of my paintings on display at One Atlantic Center.

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