The Heart Of Art: Painter finds calling ‘back home’

Joe Barrera poses with a clipping of himself, as an unknown artist, in a 1985 edition of the PRESS. (Staff photo by Scarlet O’Rourke)


Staff Writer

There was once a young boy who thought he was a fish. He would dive into the bay and stare in awe at the world beneath the waves. His mind’s eye would photograph each color and scene.

This boy has grown into a man who takes those scenes as well as others he has captured through his life and travels to paint pictures for the rest of the world to see.

Port Isabel native Joe Barrera has been painting since he was 14 years old. Since then he has moved around, but at the age of 58, he found himself be­ing drawn back to his roots.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the June 13 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.


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