Barlow began his art career, while growing up in Gary, Indiana, under the guidance of his steelworker father and homemaker mother. He became fascinated with what he could do with sketchbooks and pencils that his father provided, after realizing his son’s interest and talent. He began creating forms and shapes on paper and connecting lines to make impressive images as a preschooler. Barlow’s first professional experience as an artist was painting backdrops for a local photographer. As he states, “Art is a Divine calling on my life!”
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Indiana University, he acquired a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He has also studied Visual Arts in Europe, and the West Indies. He has visited art museums in Africa, Mexico, as well as most others across the nation. Barlow continues to enlighten his artistic finesse, through the dedicated creation of his works. He also reserves time to engage multi-aged, multi-ethnic students in the creative process of the visual arts. His previous works and current creations span an artistic range which includes portraiture, landscapes, abstracts, realism, and mixed media collages. His creative praxis explores the relationships and intersections of a number of political, sociological, and environmental challenges in our world today. As you visit this website, you are certain to recognize the various narratives in the content of his work; and perhaps even disagree with the same, but you will without a doubt, appreciate his artistic gifts and accomplishments. ENJOY!