Jesse Barnes, also known as “The Light Painter®”, was born in Jefferson City Missouri in 1936. His father, a basket maker by trade, and the simple but comfortable life they led in the Ozark hills have always been an inspiration for Jesse's art. His paintings are rich with the Midwest heritage of his childhood.
Even at a very young age Jesse was fostering a talent that would someday lead to his induction into the USArt Hall of Fame. Perhaps recognizing the exceptional skill of such a young boy and the potential he had; Jesse's Elementary School Principal bought his first Original Oil. This monumental sale took place when Jesse was only ten.
Jesse was a self-taught artist whose professional career has now spanned over four decades. He specialized in Early American Nostalgia, and landscapes with his trademark being lighting effects. Throughout the past years Jesse had created works for such organizations as Ducks Unlimited, Hallmark Cards, American Field magazine, and The Bradford Exchange. In 1999 Jesse was honored to create a Limited Edition Collectors Print for the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee. This piece was commissioned by Fine Art Ltd. of St. Louis and proceeds went to benefit the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
To date, Jesse has published over 50 Limited Edition Collectors Prints. His first edition entitled Night Before Christmas was released in 1983.