Barney has always been drawn to detail and it's been the realist painters who have been the source of his inspiration, from the Dutch Masters to contemporary realist painters such as Stone Roberts, Scott Pryor, & Scott Fraser.
Though he prefers not to label himself as a Still Life painter, still lives figure predominantly in his work.
Barney studied under Robert Sullins and received his B.A. in studio art from S.U.N.Y. at Oswego.
Memberships include Gallery Antonia in Chatham, MA and Gold Gallery in Boston’s historic South End. Barney has also been a member of The Copley Society of Art since the fall of 2004, the Jamaica Plain Artist's Association, and The Newton Art Association.
He was juried into The International Guild of Realism (2008), and the Oil Painters of America (2008).