The Art of David Barnard
"Many Years ago, while traveling on a train, I sat behind a young girl who was about six years old. As the train left the city & entered the country, she became very animated. Turning to her five traveling companions, who were all teenagers playing a card game; she tried to get their attention by gesturing wildly. She wanted to show them what she was seeing out the window. They ignored her except for an occasional glance at her actions. They would not look out her window or acknowledge her excitement. After a while she sat with her hands folded & stared at the seat in front of her. She did this for hours. She was not able to talk.
Every picture I paint starts with the dedication of it to this little girl. She taught me to see everything as if I had never seen it before. She made me want to learn to be an artist. As I paint I share my vision with her. In my mind I talk to her as I wish I had done aloud that day on the train. But I was in a Navy uniform & she was just a child. How silly that seems now. I have suffered those four hours with her over & over again for more than forty years. This drives me to paint the wonder that she taught me to see." Artist David Barnard