Barry R. Jeter, native of Mount Hope, a small town in the Appalachians of southern West Virginia now resides in Finleyville, Pennsylvania where he maintains his studio. Upon graduating Mount Hope High School, in 1966, Barry joined the United States Air Force and served as an Air Policeman at several air bases both stateside and in Vietnam. Interestingly, some of the first paintings to capture Barry's attention, at an early age, were those of aviation artist Charles H. Hubbell who had rendered paintings of WWI and WWII combat planes in action. The paintings were used as the artwork for calendars in 1947 and 1948. Each image was accompanied with a story of the actual event. "These paintings fascinated me and I read the stories over many times," Barry recalls. " I still have the calendars to this day." Basically a self-taught artist, he is an accomplished painter with over thirty years of experience, the last twenty of which have been given primarily to watercolor and most recently mixed media including oils. Many other artists, people and places have influenced his work including, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, Philip Jamison and Frederick C. Graff. Fond memories of his grandfather's farm are still the catalyst for many of his paintings.
Well known regionally, Jeter has had the privilege of judging works in competition, conducting watercolor workshops, giving lectures and critique. His work has merited numerous awards and presently appears in many collections, both private and commercial. He is an active member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, having been elected to that organization in 1982.
"With every painting I begin, my primary objective is not necessarily to reproduce an exact image of what I see, but to communicate the visual impact of that moment for the viewer to contemplate. It's such an honor and privilege to be able to capture these fleeting images in time, to be enjoyed by others. I consider it a gift from the Lord."
Partial List of Awards and Merits
Shows and Arts Festivals
Workshops/Demonstrations and Lectures
-Gold Sable Award 88 , Excellence in watercolor Technique.
-First Prize Everyman Show, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
-Gold Sable Award 89, Excellence in composition
-Best Watercolor Everyman Show Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
-Selected as Judge, Association of Valley Artists,
Merrick Art Gallery
-Honorable Mention Westmoreland Art Nationals
-Robert T. Griffing Award, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society.
-Selected as Judge, Ambridge Arts Festival 1993
-Selected as Judge, Congressional Art Competition 1993 for 18th district High School Students State of Ohio
-Selected Exhibit, Stifle Fine Arts Center Oglebay Institute 1998.
-Selected as Judge, Beaver Valley Art Group 1999
-Selected as Juror Three Rivers Arts Festival Artist Market 2001
-Invited Artist Three Rivers Arts Fest .00,01,02,03,04
-Best of Show, Brecksville, Ohio 2003
-Best of Show, Art in the Park, Mt Lebanon, PA 2004
-Invited Artist Three Rivers Arts Fest. 2005
-Invited Artist Three Rivers Arts Fest. 2006
-Selected as Judge, North Hills Art Center 2005
-Selected as Judge, E. Suburban Art league 2005
-Honorable Mention, Art in the Park, 2005
-Award of Merit, Art in the Park, 2006
-Invited Artist Three River Arts Fest.2007
-Selected as Judge, Latrobe Art Club 2007
-Honorable Mention, Art in the Park 2007
-Selected as Judge, Elkens, WV regonial show 2008
-Selected as Judge,Steubenville Art Assoc. annual regional Exhibit 2009
-Blair County Arts Festival
-ThreeRivers Arts Festival
-Westmoreland Heritage Arts Festival
-Peoples Choice Arts Festival
-Shadyside Arts Festival
-Ligonier Days Arts Festival
--Butler Museum of American Art
-Cranberry Council for the Arts
-Stifle Center for the Arts, Wheeling, WV
-Aqueous International, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.