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Biography of the Artist

“Lush color harmonies and a sumptuous palette” describes the work of painter David Bareford. Born and raised in New Jersey, Bareford moved to New England after graduation from college.

Fascinated by the watercolor medium as a student, he achieved success early and had his work regularly shown in the exhibitions of the American Watercolor Society, Allied Artists of America and the National Academy of Design.

Cape Ann, just north of Boston, has been home to many nationally known artists and occupies a prominent place in the history of art in America. Compelled by a desire to live near the ocean, Bareford moved to Rockport in 1971. Soon a member of the Rockport Art Association, Bareford’s painting flourished in this environment.

Eventually, he turned his attention from watercolor to oil painting seeking to expand his vision and artistic expression. His paintings are distinctive for his rich use of color and his ability to “capture the moment”.

Moved by the subjects that interest him, he strives for continuing excellence. David Bareford has achieved international recognition with his large catalog of marine paintings and his many commissioned works. He is an elected member of many professional art organizations including the Copley Society. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine artists were he has served as the managing Fellow and is a member of the board.


  • “Atlantic and Beyond” the inaugural maritime show at the Copley Society, Boston, MA May 2010
  • 30th International Marine Art Exhibition, the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT 2009
  • 13th National Exhibition, American Society of Marine Artists Vero Beach Museum of Fine Arts
  • National Maritime Historical Society does a feature article on the artist in their publication “Sea History” magazine September 2001
  • Artist invited to benefit show for the Chesapeake Bat Foundation “Save the Bay” May 2004 Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA
  • Artist participates in “ The Everlasting Sea “ marine art exhibit shown at: Newport Art Museum and Art Association, Newport RI, Marine Maritime Museum, Bath, Maine, and Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT
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