Al Barker was born in New Jersey and was raised within the New York City Metro area. His interest in hunting and fishing led to bachelors and masters degrees in forestry and a National Fellowship for doctorate work. After his academic studies, Al became a forestry educator, worked in private industry and eventually taught his trade on the post-secondary level. Without formal art training, he began drawing and painting wildlife scenes to assist in his teaching.
As a full-time artist, Al specializes in smaller paintings in both oil and watercolor as well as many small etching editions. Al’s work can be seen in almost every National Miniature Exhibition in the continental United States. He has been greatly influenced by the work of Milton Weiler and Don Stone.