Fine Artist & Photographer


Matthew Richard Barnes

I am a fine artist and photographer. With a deep family history rooted in image making, I spend my time creating visual relics giving primary attention to composition, form, color, light and timing. I have created numerous experiential portfolios from my travels and wanderings. My favorite thing in life is to travel to a place I've never been before, wake up early, coffee up, and hit the streets with my shoes tied tight and my camera around my neck. My other favorite thing in life is to hunker down in my studio experimenting with different materials, creating items for others to experience and ponder. I guess you might call me an ambivert. 

I set out at an early age to make pictures that inspire thought and incite emotion. My intent is to draw viewers in with subtlety and nuance that require a deeper gazing than average works of art. I am a dedicated father of two boys, a practicing fine artist, a volunteer and community advocate for youth experiencing homelessness, a semi-talented chef, coffee enthusiast, and a sales director for an apparel company. 

I currently reside in Downtown Columbus, Ohio with a BFA in Photography from Ohio State. With a serious affinity for wandering and pondering, I enjoy being a destination explorer, meeting new and interesting characters, and navigating the world like a hunter for moments of grand serenity and organized irony.