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. I also enjoy hunkering down in my studio experimenting with different materials, creating items for others to experience and ponder.  

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 The Ohio State University. 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.