Barry McCuan was born in New Mexico on the Llano Estacado near the Texas border in 1945. While growing up in the Texas Panhandle, he was introduced to art by his father, Dale McCuan, who studied in the early 30’s at the Dallas Art Institute. McCuan’s early years were filled with art books, sketches and frequent trips to art museums. He became familiar with the Taos Society of Artists through the extensive collection at the Panhandle Plains Museum, in Canyon, Texas. He later studied art and architecture at Texas Tech. 

McCuan enhanced his university studies with numerous gallery and museum visits. Extensive trips to South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Orient broadened and enriched his artist’s perspective. The early influence of the Taos painters and the impact of a Monet exhibition propelled the artist towards a career in art. After arriving in Santa Fe, in the 1970’s, McCuan worked and studied with Stiha, Buck McCain and Juan Dell.Working primarily in oil, he prefers to paint on location, enjoying the beauty and the spiritual quality of the land. There is an expressiveness and warmth to his paintings, his use of strong brush strokes and rich harmonious colors captures the textures and the quality of light unique to New Mexico.

 

In 1995, McCuan and his wife, Lynne Windsor, an English painter, spent half a year capturing the beauty of the countryside of Great Britain and southwestern France on canvas. He was finally able to see with his own eyes the native landscape of the French Impressionists, that so moved him in his youth. McCuan strives to breathe the spirit of this experience into his works. His sense of composition and design, combined with his love of the land, creates a very distinct statement and style all his own.

BARRY MCCUAN

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The Mountain
The Mountain

Oil, 30 x 40

Near St. Vean D'Angete
Near St. Vean D'Angete

Oil, 15 x 18

Below the Storm
Below the Storm

Oil, 30 x 30

Kerrville  Crossing
Kerrville Crossing

Oil, 12 x 20

Montreal Delaude
Montreal Delaude

Oil, 20 x 32

Texas BBQ
Texas BBQ

Oil, 20 x 24

SOLD PIECES

Mes Amis
Mes Amis

Oil, 48 x 60

Across the Lot from St. Martin Labouval
Across the Lot from St. Martin Labouval

Oil, 30 x 40

Dodge Road Sunset
Dodge Road Sunset

Oil, 30 x 40

Where the Dogs Run
Where the Dogs Run

Oil, 16 x 20

El Rancho Evening (SOLD)
El Rancho Evening (SOLD)

OIL, 20 x 20

Maison de Rêves (SOLD)
Maison de Rêves (SOLD)

(House of Dreams) OIL, 24 x 48

Governor’s Mansion – Santa Fe
Governor’s Mansion – Santa Fe

OIL, 30 x 40

Rio Bravo Del Norte (SOLD)
Rio Bravo Del Norte (SOLD)

OIL, 30 x 40

You Are My Sunflowers (SOLD)
You Are My Sunflowers (SOLD)

OIL, 20 x 24

Apres Midi d'Or (SOLD)
Apres Midi d'Or (SOLD)

OIL, 12 x 16

Arroyo Jaconita (SOLD)
Arroyo Jaconita (SOLD)

OIL, 19 x 25

Willow Loop, Texas (SOLD)
Willow Loop, Texas (SOLD)

OIL, 30 x 40

Maison de Reve (SOLD)
Maison de Reve (SOLD)

OIL, 24 x 36

Coeur de Ferme – Lot Valley (SOLD)
Coeur de Ferme – Lot Valley (SOLD)

OIL, 30 x 40

Below Font Blanche (SOLD)
Below Font Blanche (SOLD)

OIL, 12 x 16

Chez Lynne (SOLD)
Chez Lynne (SOLD)

OIL, 24 x 18

Beach Palms (SOLD)
Beach Palms (SOLD)

OIL, 20 x 24

Ghost Ranch Near Georgias (NM) (SOLD)
Ghost Ranch Near Georgias (NM) (SOLD)

OIL, 20 x 24