Renowned artist Barry Herniman has long combined
his twin passions of painting and travelling. In his early
days he captured travelling experiences on film, but
increasingly he recorded the landscapes that inspired
him in the pages of his sketchbooks, where transitory
moments of light and emotion have been fixed
in fluid masterpieces of the watercolourist’s art.
In this stunning collection of some of the choicest
pages of his sketchbooks, Barry Herniman commences
his journeys in the British Isles, with typically
English pastoral landscapes, the wild and rugged West
Coast of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle
Moving further afield he samples the sun
drenched vistas of Andalucia, with their classic white
villages and baked earth. Still in Europe he travels
around Sardinia, Greece and Croatia before moving
to North Africa to sample the delights of Egypt’s
fabulous temples and Tunisia’s ancient cities. And
across “the pond” in New England he revels in all the
blinding colours of the Fall.
Each sketch evokes a memory of a time
and a place special to the artist but communicated
directly to the viewer, who can immediately identify
with both the scene and the sensation inspired by
each location. Beautifully reproduced, the sketches
are here accompanied by some of his “finished”
paintings which together present a fully-rounded
view of Barry Herniman’s outstanding talent.
Born in West Drayton, Middlesex, Barry
Herniman has travelled around the UK and
abroad since an early age. He now lives in
the Wye Valley with his wife Sally and their
He has had a varied career, including
draughtsman, surveyor, graphic designer
and illustrator and set up his own graphics
company in 1986. As computers took
over, less work was generated so in the
mid 1990s Barry decided to become an
artist full time.
Since then he has held demonstrations
and workshops to Art Clubs and Societies
all over the UK and Ireland. He also tutors
painting holidays both at home and abroad
which are very popular.
Latterly he has concentrated on tutoring
his sketchbook techniques ‘en plein air’
taking people to such exotic venues
as Spain, Greece, Italy, Ireland and New
He has written articles for many publications
and is a regular contributor to The
Artist magazine. He has two books published
on watercolour painting techniques
and a new DVD is in preparation for 2011.
Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 29 8, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published September 2011.