Tony Barrs worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in London in the 60s & 70s. At that time, he became interested in fencing and was a member of the British Olympic Foil Squad.
Having painted all his life, trying out different themes and styles, he attended the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, where he discovered the drawing and painting methods of the old atelier schools.
His main interest in life has always been study and meditation on the nature of consciousness within the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, and he writes a blog about this subject. Basically, creation is the spontaneous moment of inspiration; that eureka moment that makes life worthwhile. That moment is contained within both the fine detail of a painting and a glorious splash of colour.