The main source for inspiration may be the Caribbean for the majority of Al Barnes' paintings, but he is equally at home in the coastal marshes of South Texas. Water is the binding factor in all of his paintings, whether it's Bonefish tailing on the flats or Pintails lifting off a tidal marsh.
Al Barnes has had numerous one man and group exhibitions to his credit and is hung extensively in private and corporate collections around the world, including the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson Hole and The American Museum of Fly Fishing, the Meredith Long and Co., and the Art Museum of South Texas.
He has been National Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Artist of the Year, two times Texas State Ducks Unlimited Artist of the year and Coastal Conservation Association Stamp Artist, three times Texas Saltwater Stamp Artist, National Ducks Unlimited Stamp Artist and two times International Game Fish Association Featured Banquet Artist.
His work has been accepted in a number of shows, including the Birds in Art show in Wausau, Wisconsin, The Mystic Maritime International in Mystic, Connecticut, the SW Pastel Society and the SW Watercolor Society shows to name a few.
His work has also been featured in magazines such as Sporting Classics, Gray's Sporting Journal, Southwest Artist, Florida Sportsman, Marlin Magazine and Artist Magazine. He was selected as the Rockport Art Festival Poster Artist in 1995.